Teambuilding in A Free Agent World

Every business owner and manager wants a cohesive team. As your high school coaches probably taught you, a unified team can be greater than the sum of its parts.

Cohesive groups generally are more efficient because they share common practices and collaborate to solve problems. They tend to have higher morale, which is good for recruiting and retention, and are logically more united behind the company mission. However, creating cohesion isn’t so easy in today’s gig economy.

At M-Squared Consulting, we believe the best free agents work to assimilate into a team; they don’t perform as lone wolves, but rather immerse themselves into an organization and work towards the higher purpose of helping the organization succeed.

March 13: Snapshot – The New World of Work

We continue to keep an eye on the ever-evolving workforce, especially as it relates to the flexible workforce and the “new world of work” and are always on the lookout for current news stories, interesting tidbits and thoughtful commentary to pass along to you.

This week, we feature:

Thriving in the New World of Work

Leaders and executives work in a complex, constantly changing landscape. There are many different aspects of managing a business that require significant attention. Throughout our engagements the challenge we witness most executives experience is the built-in uncertainty in much of what they are charged with managing.

In 2014 five key aspects of business will require vigilance. We like to think of these key aspects as the “gears” of a business; an interlocking system of issues that must move separately, yet in tandem, in order to achieve business success.

The gears our clients will most actively be engaging with are:

Unified Communications & Collaboration

In our last post, we introduced the concept of unified communications and collaboration, and how technology can help businesses meet the intense pace of today’s work world. Today, we dig deeper into three key aspects of unified communications and collaboration – mobile, virtual and social collaboration.

Embracing the Mobility Imperative

It’s no secret that there is now a mobility imperative for businesses. Workers are so attached to mobile technology that they now expect to be able to create and consume information anywhere, at any time. This is an opportunity for business to fuel greater worker productivity. To do so requires companies to utilize unified communications tools that seamlessly integrate phone calls, voicemail, data, email and other communications platforms.

The New Way Business Communication Works

Faster, faster… faster.

That’s how we communicate today in business – at dizzying speeds our grandparents never could have imagined when they were living in the world of work. You could even argue that business moves too fast sometimes, but all businesses must acclimate to the pace of communication in order to succeed.

At M Squared Consulting, we believe embracing unified communications technology and social collaboration tools arm businesses with the right formula for success; setting parameters for employees, establishing communication methodologies, flows and rules, and giving teams the authority to communicate freely. The rapid adoption of cloud-based communications systems has enabled companies to be smarter about collaboration. Information can be shared easily and quickly across multiple platforms and multiple locations.

January 14: New Year, New Energy

Happy New Year! As we start 2014 re-energized and re-focused, we have been on the lookout for news stories, interesting tidbits and thoughtful commentary to kick off the New Year.

This week, we feature:

December 18: Snapshot – The New World of Work

We continue to keep an eye on the ever-evolving workforce, especially as it relates to the flexible workforce and the “new world of work” and are always on the lookout for current news stories, interesting tidbits and thoughtful commentary to pass along to you.

This week, we feature:

December 2: Snapshot – The New World of Work

With 2013 nearly coming to a close, we continue to take a fresh look at jobs, the workforce and big picture economic issues that are top-of-mind with individuals and business leaders alike. Of course, we keep an eye on the ever-evolving workforce, especially as it relates to the flexible workforce and the “new world of work” and are always on the lookout for current news stories, interesting tidbits and thoughtful commentary to pass along to you.

This week, we feature:

November 25: Snapshot – Begin with the End in Mind

While top-tier independent consultants tend to focus on a specific area of expertise, they also bring an impressive depth of knowledge about a wide variety of business models, successful initiatives and best practices that are often transferable across industries. Today’s most successful independent consultants are adept at pivoting from one project to another and have proven capabilities that add value every step of the way, often incorporating universal best practices that make every project more effective. After successfully completing thousands of business-critical initiatives since M Squared was founded in 1988, we’ve found the one unifying best practice — across virtually any industry or initiative — is to clearly define goals at the beginning of a project that can be measured and evaluated at its conclusion.

November 18: Best Practices for Successful Project Management

In our last blog post we discussed top qualities of a consultant and expressed that at M Squared the most coveted skill a consultant could bring to our clients is the ability to successfully manage projects. Consultants offer their clients a high level of service and success through key principles and industry best practices. Even though each project is unique, successful consultants are able to share past experiences and access information that brings value to each engagement. Here are the top three principles that guide all our consultants on their projects.