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How to Run a Team of People Who Never See Each Other

2:00 PM ET Millions of people make a living without ever setting foot in an office. Particularly in technology, companies are moving away from just outsourcing rote tasks to remote workers and toward building entirely distributed teams. One leader is Elance-oDesk, the largest online marketplace for freelance talent. In addition to providing a ...

Scheduling Business Calls Days in Advance Should Be Banned

July 11, 2014 The all-to familiar business ritual of setting up a phone call, where it takes a day-long series of emails and calendar checks to even agree in a time, is the worst type of procrastination: the kind that makes you feel as if you’ve done something productive. Scheduled business calls should ...

This Is Bill Gates’ Favorite Business Book of All Time

July 11, 2014 Bill Gates’ favorite business book of all time has been out of print, is nearly half a century old, and is entirely different from the how-to-manage guides that top many other lists. It’s Business Adventures, a collection of some of the best of long-time New Yorker writer John Brooks’ wonderfully ...

How to Avoid Having to Fire Your Best Employees

July 10, 2014 In his recent New York Times musings about the struggles of small business ownership, suburban Philadelphia furniture manufacturer Paul Downs described his firing of an employee who had been with him for 20 years.That provoked a great deal of criticism from readers and fellow business owners, to which Downs responded ...

The Most Valuable Keywords to Have on a Tech Resume

July 7, 2014 Silicon Valley CEOs (and many from farther afield) are constantly complaining that good technical talent is expensive and in short supply. There’s something to their concerns. At every education level, jobs requiring STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) skills in the US take far more time and money to fill ...

The Company That Thinks it Can Finally Solve the Problem of Business Cards

July 3, 2014 People have been predicting the end of the business card for years. Countless startups have popped up promising to make carrying more than one card, or any at all, obsolete. But in Japan, where the exchange of business cards is still treated with elaborate etiquette and they’re rarely shoved in ...

Google Just Confirmed Everything People Fear About Diversity in Tech

May 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The technology industry is frequently thought of as a place that’s heavily white and male, and often unfriendly, if not hostile, to women. Google took a look at its own diversity record and released the data to NewsHour and in a blog post, and it confirms many fears. According to ...

What Managers Do When Technology Does Their Work

May 22, 2014 The enterprise software company Asana manages to serve multi-billion-dollar startups such as Airbnb, Uber, Dropbox and Pinterest with only 65 employees. That’s because streamlining workflow is what the company, whose motto is “Teamwork without email,” is designed to do. The company, founded by the Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskowitz and the ...

Threatening to Fire Workers Doesn’t Make Them More Productive

May 20, 2014 One of the biggest ways companies motivate people is the threat of losing their jobs. Some do it explicitly through forced ranking and threats of layoffs. Others create insecurity when managers give infrequent feedback or incomplete information. But actively encouraging workers to fear for their job doesn’t make them more ...

No Matter What the Boss Says About Flextime, Get to Work Early

May 16, 2014 Flex-time is not as flexible as you might think. The belief that getting an early start to the day is virtuous is widely held. In fact, finds a forthcoming study, it’s so pervasive that managers rate workers who get an early start higher than those who get in and stay ...