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Fractional COO's and Why You Need One

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Oct 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

What is a Fractional COO?

A fractional COO is a Chief Operating Officer (COO) that an organization brings on a part-time basis or as-needed basis.

They are there to provide guidance, expertise, and executive-level leadership to help businesses and organizations avoid roadblocks in their business model and ensure they are on the right strategic and operational track for maximum growth. 

Fractional COO’s offer these services at a fraction of the cost of a full-time COO, which makes them an attractive success tool for smaller to medium-sized companies and organizations that are just starting out and don’t yet have the budget for a full-time COO.

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Topics: Management, C-Suite

Workplace Amenities: What You Need to Provide for a Happy, Productive Workforce

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Oct 11, 2018 7:50:00 AM

Did you know that the average person spends about one-third of their life at work? Long gone are the days where employees were willing to work strict hours in one location that offered little to no perks. A one-pot coffee maker and water cooler will no longer fit the bill. Today, workers expect to have a more optimal workplace filled with amenities that promote wellness, happiness, and satisfaction.

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Topics: Human Resources, Workplace Services, Operations

Wake Up CEOs! Power Up Your Morning Routine & Set Up All Day Success

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Oct 10, 2018 7:53:00 AM

Did you know Mark Wahlberg starts his day at 2:30 am?

That means that by the time the average college freshman rolls out at 10:00 am for class, he's already put in eight hours.  2:30 am might be a tad excessive, but then again Mark Wahlberg commands a net worth of roughly $225 million. So, maybe we all should be taking note. 

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership

Business Minded: Organizational Strategic Planning in 8 Key Steps

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Sep 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Strategic planning is used to define your company's priorities, direction and goals to ensure that everyone is working together towards the same outcomes. Done well, it gives you a roadmap of the actions you need to take to reach your goals - and a way of measuring success. 

There are many different frameworks and approaches for strategic planning. Our preferred approach involves 8 key steps across 4 phases:  

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Operations

Health as a Business Strategy: Wellness and Your Bottom Line

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Sep 18, 2018 3:05:22 PM

Employee health and wellbeing is critical to your business. But where corporate wellness initiatives began with efforts such as quitting smoking or weight loss, they've since shifted to something that affects all employees: the environment that they work in.

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Topics: Workplace Services, Management

How Office Design Influences Employee Recruitment and Retention

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Sep 12, 2018 8:54:06 AM

Meet the millennial Goldie Locks. She's got the cliche gold curls, and a master's degree that says she knows what she's doing. Her portfolio and resume look fantastic. During her interview, you could tell she'll be the perfect fit. 

Miss Locks is the best new talent in the business, and she's the one you want to hire. 

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Topics: Workplace Services

The Big Win: How to Handle Missing Out on Business and Life Opportunities

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Sep 5, 2018 9:18:49 AM

We're all familiar with the "fail fast, fail often" mantra. With it comes a new approach to dealing with setbacks and challenges. It's no longer verboten to miss out on a job opportunity, fail to land a contract or throw everything you have into an idea that doesn't work out. But that doesn't mean that failure is any easier to handle when you're the one succumbing to it.

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership

7 Ways to Stop Micromanaging and Supercharge Your Team Today

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Aug 28, 2018 8:20:00 AM

Many of us subscribe to the idea that, "If you want something done right, do it yourself." We all have a specific picture of how we want things done, and sometimes it's hard to sit back and watch other people try and bring our vision to life.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Leadership

Leading The Way: How To Be A Strategic Thinker in the Coworking Industry

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Aug 15, 2018 8:16:00 AM

Strategic thinking involves looking at how today will inform tomorrow - and making decisions accordingly. Where conventional thinking is reactive, short-term and cautious, strategic thinking is all about looking for and anticipating new ideas, opportunities and plans.

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Topics: Management, C-Suite, Coworking

Trendsetter: Branding Your Office Space

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Aug 9, 2018 7:54:00 AM

 

When it comes to branding, today’s companies are thinking even bigger than ever. Environmental branding is becoming a trend as businesses realize that even their office space says something.

Stuff isn't just placed in an office just to fill space, it's there to tell a unique story, on a large and unique canvas.

But why would anyone even bother branding an office? The short answer is because it works. Branding your office space can have a significant impact on the success of your business.

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Topics: Branding, Workplace Services

The Day-to-Day Strategies a Coworking Space Needs to Succeed

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Aug 1, 2018 7:52:00 AM

Coworking spaces are by their very nature fast-paced, ever-changing spaces. It's essential to seek out and adapt to feedback, market shifts and new trends sooner rather than later.

Here's how to ensure your space is a success going forward.

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Topics: Management, Coworking

Leading The Way: How To Be A Rockstar Community Manager

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jul 27, 2018 1:52:00 PM

The culture of your coworking space isn't innate. It's set and cultivated by your leadership and your supporting team. One of your most crucial responsibilities is in helping create a culture that's empowering, positive and community-minded.

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Topics: Management, Coworking

Launch Your Coworking Space With An Event For The Ages

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jul 24, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Everyone likes a party, and a launch event is a great way to get people into your space. Anybody who comes through your doors is a potential tenant, so the more the merrier - for both your guests and your bottom line. 

Here's how to bring the crowds with a coworking launch worthy of the lifestyle pages. 

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Topics: Marketing, Coworking

Marketing Your Coworking Space Pre-launch

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jul 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A healthy subscriber base is crucial for the success of your coworking space. Ideally, you'll already have a solid roster of tenants signed up before you open. This will help reduce risk on the business side of things and will also create buzz for potential new tenants.

Here's how to market your offering so that you can launch with a splash.

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Topics: Marketing, Coworking

Project the Right Vibe and Attract More Talent to Your Team

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jul 12, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Today’s world is vastly different from the world even 10 or 15 years ago. And nothing has changed and continues to change faster than the ever-evolving job market.

Businesses that want to not just survive, but thrive, have to move fast, think fast, step outside the box, and be willing to go the extra mile to attract top talent to their team. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Human Resources, Operations

People Represent: Hiring For Your Coworking Space

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jul 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Culture is your coworking space's main differentiator. And your staff are the ones who shape that culture. In a traditional office space, a single company dictates culture and brand. In coworking, it's you as the "host" who molds the culture. Welcoming clients, visitors, and prospects into your coworking space is a bit like welcoming people into your home. As the host, you set the tone and expectations around behavior and service.

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Topics: Coworking

Boardrooms and Beanbags: Space Planning For Your Coworking Space

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jul 3, 2018 7:48:00 AM

You've signed your lease or purchased your building, and now it's time to start planning out the look and feel of your coworking space.  Getting this right is critical — it will shape how your tenants can use your space, and what future growth will look like.

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Topics: Coworking

Structuring the Deal for Your Coworking Space

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jun 26, 2018 8:05:00 AM

 

You've found the perfect spot for your coworking space, and now it's time to handle the financial side of things. Let's take a look at some of the leasing and financing options available to you and what to consider when negotiating the deal.

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Topics: Coworking

Finding The Perfect Location For Your Coworking Space

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jun 5, 2018 7:01:00 AM

It's all about location, location, location.

You've researched the market and gauged the local competition. There's no doubt about it —freelancers, startups, and entrepreneurs are clamoring for coworking space. So how exactly do you go about selecting the space itself? 

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Topics: Coworking

Opening a Coworking Space? First Research Market Conditions and Local Competition

Posted by Angie O'Grady on May 29, 2018 8:43:00 AM

The most workable ideas are ones that have been validated by the market. And the best money (and time) you can spend on your coworking space is on market research. Before spending a dollar on tech, equipment or space, spend some time figuring out the local coworking landscape — and whether conditions are right for another coworking space. 

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Topics: Coworking

3 Ways to Win the Competition for Hiring Talent in 2018

Posted by Angie O'Grady on May 10, 2018 2:45:33 PM

The competition for talent is the fiercest its been in decades. With the unemployment rate dropping below 4 percent for the first time since 2000, the job market is making it difficult to attract and hire the best talent.

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Topics: Human Resources

Move-In Ready Space: A Cautionary Tale

Posted by Angie O'Grady on May 3, 2018 8:07:00 AM

 

Today, spec suites are the new darlings in luring tenants. But for building owners and commercial brokers, it can be a cautionary tale. The challenge is tenant expectations of “Move-In Ready” versus “Business-Ready.” Like fraternal twins, the terms are related but distinctively different.

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Topics: Workplace Services

Two Shockingly Simple Actions All Great Business Leaders Must Take to Succeed

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Apr 26, 2018 8:04:00 AM

It's easy for business leaders to get bogged down by the day-to-day grind and demands of the job. Between flying from one meeting to another and staying up late to finish your budget, you're seriously tapped out at the end of the day. But there are two things you can focus on to pull you out of the weeds and motivate your team at the same time: passion and vision.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

Coworking: The Ultimate Guide to Succeeding In The Coworking Business

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Apr 12, 2018 7:35:00 AM

Everything you ever wanted to know about opening and managing a coworking space

There are almost 29 million small businesses in the US, 22 million of which are sole proprietor organizations with no employees other than the owner. And when you consider that 52% of these small businesses are run from home, there's a clear and growing market opportunity.

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Topics: Workplace Services, Coworking

Talent Acquisition: Management Trends in Strategic Staffing and Recruitment

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Apr 10, 2018 8:34:00 AM

In today's world, the recruiting and hiring process is being forced to adapt to rapid changes in the workforce, as well as in the way we use technology.

Finding the right candidate for the job in an increasingly competitive realm is difficult, and businesses are looking for ways to streamline their efforts and uncover the diamonds in the rough in a way that is efficient and effective.

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Topics: Human Resources

Corporate Leadership: The Cost of Carousel Decision Making — Or Lack Thereof

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Apr 5, 2018 7:55:00 AM

The only thing worse than design by committee is decision making by committee. Business isn't jury duty: not every single person in the company has to be unequivocally on board with a decision. What you do need is a clear vision, a clear decision-making process and a clear chain of command.

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Topics: Leadership

How To Create A Corporate Culture of Curiosity

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Mar 27, 2018 6:50:00 AM

When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.”

If you do nothing else as a business leader, support a culture of curiosity.  Curiosity is a big driver of innovation. Find a way to allow your team time to roam and explore the vast ocean of opportunity ensconced in problem-solving and innovation. 

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Topics: Leadership

Shared Office Space: Five Business Lessons From The C-Suite

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Feb 22, 2018 8:08:00 AM

 The world of office space has seen a whirlwind of change over the past 15 years. I’ve been at the executive-level of the shared office space industry, so I’ve seen a thing or two — and learned a thing or two. One key lesson I’ve taken away is the importance of striking a balance between staying ahead of the curve and continuing to observe tried-and-true business practices.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Workplace Services, Coworking

The LinkedIn Summary: Examples For Leaders

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Feb 6, 2018 8:01:00 AM

In today's digital age, just about anyone and everyone has a LinkedIn profile. The truth is, some of them are awesome, and some of them are...well...not so awesome. 

Often, a LinkedIn profile falls flat because one of the prime pieces of real estate in a LinkedIn profile (the summary) falls flat.  

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Topics: Social Media, Leadership

5 Reasons Why It's Time to Embrace Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Tools

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Feb 6, 2018 7:03:00 AM

Every company’s greatest untapped resource is the unused data in its client database. If managed correctly, this knowledge can transform your business, making it smarter and more profitable. Today’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools can lead the way, turning data into answers and insights. By tracking and storing all your customer interactions – email, phone, website, live chat, etc. – they create a highly organized, central database.

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Topics: Operations, Management

Getting to the Core of Company Values

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jan 11, 2018 7:02:00 AM

It’s Sunday night. Do you know where your employees are? 

Well, not physically. They’re likely watching Game of Thrones, still recovering from the past two days, and questioning why they did those things, to begin with. (Though, to be fair, they seemed like good ideas at the time.)

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Topics: Human Resources, Leadership

The Myths About Managing Millennials

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jan 2, 2018 6:54:00 AM

By the year 2020, over 50 percent of the population will be made up of Generation Y, commonly referred to as "Millennials." Millennials are individuals born in the late 1980s through the 1990s. And the way they approach work is different than any generation before them. It is no longer a generation you can ignore or side eye. You have to adapt, change, and learn how to manage these individuals; however, this group has received a bum rap with how the media portrays them— truly!

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Topics: Management

Built Not Bought - How To Grow A Healthy Company Culture

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Dec 21, 2017 6:58:00 AM

Have you ever heard the old cliché money can't buy happiness? Well, money can't buy company culture either. A company's culture grows organically, from the foundation you lay at the outset. If you start by carefully cultivating the kind of culture that motivates and inspires you, your company will begin to naturally flourish in the direction you want it to go. It will, of course, require frequent and deliberate pruning, but the rewards and fresh growth are well worth it. 

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Topics: Human Resources

How to Leverage Video Resumes

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Dec 14, 2017 6:59:00 AM

You are a brand. 

You are Coke, Apple or Adult Swim. Everything you send into the world says something about your brand, whether you’re posting a resume on LinkedIn or handing over a business card to the guy sitting next to you on your flight to Atlanta. When you’re looking to impress potential employers, it makes sense to go beyond the traditional “resume-cover letter” tandem. After all, it’s a good bet a percentage of your competition is. 

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Topics: Human Resources

My 3 Key Takeaways From Global Workspaces Association's Coworking Conference

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Dec 7, 2017 10:35:39 AM
In November I went up to Brooklyn for the Global Workspaces Association Coworking Conference . This conference is where the best of the best in the coworking and office space sectors gather to exchange ideas and share expertise. I was invited to moderate a panel with some of the leaders in coworking to understand best where coworking is going as innovation continues to accelerate.
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Topics: Workplace Services, Coworking

Enterprise Coworking: How To Build It For Your Organization

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Nov 23, 2017 7:31:00 AM

Good things come to those who collaborate. Which is why businesses are breaking out of their partitioned cubicles or their cavernous, open-plan workspaces. They're turning instead to the collaborative coworking space.

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Topics: Workplace Services

Why You Should Take A Candidate's Social Media Presence Into Consideration When Hiring

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Nov 7, 2017 10:40:57 AM

 

Don't let social media be bad news for your career.

Branding is no longer something only companies have to think about. We're all creators of our own personal brands. Everything we do or say goes towards building that brand — and the platform that comes with it. When we package ourselves the right way, the outcome is success. But when we get it wrong? The fall-out can result in serious collateral damage. To your personal brand and to the brands you're associated with.

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Topics: Human Resources

Innovative Employee Benefits For Companies On A Budget

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Nov 2, 2017 8:08:00 AM

Keeping employees in your company consists of many things: Salary, benefits, office, location, etc. However, another facet of company retention involves benefits or in this case perks: Free gifts that a company offers to help foster productivity, and boost morale within the organization.

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Topics: Human Resources, Business Consulting

Company Culture is More Than a Hiring Asset — Here's Why

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Oct 17, 2017 4:38:00 PM

Let’s say you’re vetting a new job and you’ve pinged your network. You may have heard, “They’re a great company to work for.” Or, “They treat employees horribly, and the business is struggling.” What they’re describing is the company’s culture, and a business succeeds or fails on the strength of its “personality” – shared beliefs, values, ethics, and goals.

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Topics: Human Resources, C-Suite

One Critical Skillset that is Vital for Growing Companies

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Sep 26, 2017 6:58:00 AM

Whether you’re a startup CEO working out of the garage (just as Steve Jobs once did) or a CEO with the flashy corner office, there’s power in defining priorities. With these four priorities in place, your day-to-day life of running your successful business will be much easier. 

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Topics: Business Consulting

Creating a Dynamic Workplace Strategy for Your Company

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Sep 19, 2017 2:02:00 PM

The Advantages of a Dynamic Turnkey...

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Topics: Workplace Services, Move Management

How to Manage Office Moves

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Sep 19, 2017 9:14:00 AM

It happened sooner than you expected. You’ve outgrown your current workplace and it’s time to set up shop somewhere new. It’s a brand new era for your business, but it’s also a logistical challenge.

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Topics: Workplace Services, Move Management

How to Prepare for a Presentation

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Aug 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The CEO's guide to prepping for the perfect presentation.


Over 500 employees are packing into the auditorium. They’ve had this date on their calendar for at least a month, and you can feel the suspense, anticipation, and excitement. People are buzzing as they wait for the new CEO, we’ll call him Bob, to emerge from backstage. There’s some mood music piping from the speakers, and on the screen is the company’s redesigned logo. After a few more minutes, Bob emerges to a thunderous applause and takes his spot behind the lectern…

A few minutes after he begins to speak, the energy in the room drops. The employees’ eyes start to wander. They start checking their cellphones and exiting for the bathrooms. His confidence waning, Bob begins desperately scanning the audience for a new fan – anyone paying attention with passion. When this fails, he drops his much-practiced speech and begins horribly ad-libbing. He stumbles over his words, and his posture becomes stiff and robotic. The audience’s interest level is doing a nose dive. What happened?

Bob may have won his position through effective leadership and work ethic, but that doesn’t mean he’s a great presenter. If you’re in a leadership role, the ability to speak and present well are critical skills for taking your organization. 

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Topics: C-Suite, Leadership

Top 10 New Hire On-Boarding Strategies to Save Time and Money

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jul 11, 2017 8:32:00 AM

Do you have a concise and organized on-boarding strategy? If not, it may be a chance to set one up because — real talk — on-boarding isn't just for employees anymore. 

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Topics: Human Resources

Time-Tapped? 6 Questions Leaders Need To Ask Themselves

Posted by Angie O'Grady on Jun 20, 2017 11:32:00 AM

At many companies small and large, leaders spend their time addressing the day-to-day issues rather than focusing on the big, strategic picture that is most important to the organization's growth and direction.

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Topics: Management, C-Suite, Leadership

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