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  • How to Help Your Team Set and Reach Good Goals

    Dmitry Davydov 26 January 2015 12:55:48 68
    Reaching good goals starts with knowing how to set the right goals for your team. Once you get the right goals in place, knowing how to lead your team to accomplish their goals set you up for even more success.

    Team Goal Setting 101
    Team Purpose
    All goals for your team should come from your team's purpose. Clearly define your team's purpose, but don't stop there. Remind your team of the purpose often. Put the team purpose in team communications. Open meetings (and close them) with a reminder of the primary team purpose.

    This kind of repetition seems childish, but it is very effective in management. Jack Welch, 20-year CEO of General Electric, said, "In leadership you have to exaggerate every statement you make. You’ve got to repeat it a thousand times." Repeating your team's purpose to yourself - and to your team - will help you all choose and focus on goals that line up with it.


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    Tags: tips, productivity
  • Small Business Savings: 8 Ways to Cut Costs Now

    Dmitry Davydov 19 January 2015 16:18:52 137
    What small business couldn't use a little more cash and a little less financial stress? Here are several ways to cut costs now so you can focus on growing your business.

    1. Know where your money is going.
    The first way to save money is to know how you're spending it. If you are not intimately acquainted with your financial reports, now is the time to get friendly. Get a list of expenses and arrange by priority, then by cost. The low-priority, high-cost items are the ones you should immediately find ways to eliminate or reduce.

    2. Research your options.
    That insurance plan, Internet service, or tech support you signed on for might have been the best option when you got it. Things change, however. Options appear. Got through your list of high-cost expenses and research new options that would reduce your costs. If you focus on researching one or two per week, you might find better, less-expensive options for a dozen of your highest expenses within a few months. Even if the savings on each expense are not huge, the cumulative effect of small savings on a dozen expenses adds up to big reduction in expenses.

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    Tags: productivity, tips
  • 5 Practical Ideas for Helping Remote Staff Stay Connected

    Dmitry Davydov 13 January 2015 10:09:40 183
    Remote staff benefit fr om the flexibility and self-direction they have in their jobs; but they can also be at a distinct disadvantage if they feel disconnected.

    It's important to make sure that your remote workers are not only equipped, but engaged and aware, fully part of the team.

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    1. Hold regular team meetings with all staff.

    A regular meeting offers all the staff, both on-location and remote, a chance to stay connected with each other and with the team leader. If you want your team to work together well, this is not an optional exercise. Use the time to review goals, explain areas of focus, set agendas and timelines, get input and reports, and discuss any issues or ideas.

    Choose a regular time: weekly, bimonthly, or monthly could work. Set it as a recurring event so that everyone can put it on their calendars.

    Limit the meeting time: there's nothing wrong with a bit of socializing (in fact, that's kind of the point) but if you let the meeting eat up more than 60 - 90 minutes, people will start to resent the loss of valuable work time. Respect everyone's time by setting a clear starting and ending point, and sticking to them.

    2. Set up virtual break rooms and command centers.

    What remote staff tend to miss out on are the "unofficial" interactions that take place, daily, in an office environment. Help them find a meaningful way to interact by setting up a virtual “break room,” such as an instant message service used by all team members.

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  • Invoices in Bitrix24 - video tutorial

    Dmitry Davydov 6 January 2015 14:01:48 202
    Need help setting currencies and taxes in your Bitrix24 invoices? Watch this short tutorial.

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    Tags: CRM, invoices
  • How to Handle an Unhappy Customer while Working on the Road

    Dmitry Davydov 29 December 2014 12:56:47 369
    Being productive in a mobile environment gives us a great set of tools for getting work done on the go, but it also creates a unique set of challenges for dealing with customer issues.

    Is it okay to call a customer from a noisy airport terminal?
    What if you can't get consistent wifi to handle customer needs?
    How do you solve a customer issue when you don't have all the documentation or details at your fingertips?

    DO get in touch with your unhappy customer as quickly as possible.

    Don't use your mobile environment or travel plans as an excuse to avoid handling a sticky customer issue. Even if the best you can do is a quick email, take the time to let your customer know you are doing all that you can to solve the problem and come up with the right solution.

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    Tags: CRM, productivity, sales
  • Meet Your New Bitrix24 Drive

    Yana Prokopets 24 December 2014 10:50:27 405
    We have recently released new Bitrix24 Drive and added quite a few new features to it. Here's what you can do with your Bitrix24 Drive now:

    Share your documents
    All your work files can be stored and managed inside Bitrix24. Upload your reports, presentations, photos, contracts, documents and other files to “My Drive” and share them with other Bitrix24 users – simply choose access level permission for each employee or department (read, edit, full access):

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    Tags: bitrix24, bitrix24.drive
  • 7 Tips to Stay Productive through the Holiday Season

    Dmitry Davydov 23 December 2014 10:02:46 325
    Holidays bring a general air of festivity and a whole list of traditions, fr om office parties to tree-trimming to gift exchanges, fundraisers, and community service opportunities. Then there are more vacation days than usual, plus, for many businesses, a huge rush in work orders and customer service needs. All the festivity can cause a lot of disruption to work getting done.

    You don't want to be a Scrooge, but none of us can afford to be unproductive for weeks even for the holidays. Try these tips to stay festive and stay productive.
    1. Stick to your daily routines as much as possible.

    When our schedules change, we tend to react to those changes by changing our routines. Sometimes that's appropriate, but often those routines can help us find our place even in the midst of chaos. When you find your daily schedule getting crowded or interrupted, do your best to stick to your routines, even if you have to adjust them a bit.

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  • It is the season of giving!

    Dmitry Davydov 17 December 2014 12:01:15 1893
    Why do we love Christmas and New Year so much? Giving and receiving gifts, of course. And keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, we are giving away a three month subscription of Bitrix24 Standard ($300 value).

    Simply tell your friends or business partners to enter the promo code HAPPY2015 when registering a new Bitrix24 account.

    And if you chose to mention this promo code in your blog or social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn would be perfect), make sure you send us a message to info@bitrix24.com with the URL of your post, because we’ll upgrade your account to Bitrix24 Professional for three months ($600 value).

    This promotion ends on January 1, 2015.
  • How to Help Your Team Use Social Media Productively

    Dmitry Davydov 8 December 2014 12:47:12 307
    Social media is all about connection and networking, but it's also distraction and procrastination in their finest, pixelated forms.

    Help your team use social media productively with these tips.

    Define the End Goals for Social Media Use

    Who's doing what, and why?

    Social media professionals know that without clear goals, social media use becomes a chaotic mess of button-clicking and key-tapping. You have to know what you're attempting in order to know if you're getting close.

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    Tags: productivity, tips
  • The First Hour: 5 Ways to Start Your Day for Success

    Dmitry Davydov 1 December 2014 14:38:16 387
    Mornings are magical, and not because of those little marshmallows in your cereal.

    They're magical because they hold an amazing power over the rest of your day. Use your first hour wisely tp set yourself up for an entire day that is productive and enjoyable.

    Here are 5 ways to make that first hour count.

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    1. Start with a Plan

    Your day begins better when you know what you want to do with it.

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  • Email inside Bitrix24 - instructional video

    Dmitry Davydov 1 December 2014 12:55:20 251
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  • Bitrix24 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Special – 50% Off Cloud Plans

    Dmitry Davydov 28 November 2014 11:51:46 810
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    What’s better Black Friday or Cyber Monday? If you are Bitrix24 user, the answer is BOTH. Because from November 28 through December 1 you can purchase Bitrix24 Standard or Bitrix24 Professional with a 50% discount. No coupon is necessary, simply log into your account, to go Settings-Subscription and pick plan/desired duration. If you purchase Bitrix24 for 6 months, you get 30% off and yearly subscriptions are 50% off. Hurry up, sale ends Dec 2.

    Happy Holidays!
  • Thanksgiving Specials for self-hosted Bitrix24 editions

    Dmitry Davydov 24 November 2014 17:54:27 741
    It's this time of year again, and we are giving thanks to our clients and partners who have been helping us spread the word about the world’s best social collaboration platform - Bitrix24. How thankful are we? 'Get-up-to-50-%-off' thankful! Here are our Thanksgiving special offers for this year:
    • Bitrix24 BizPace Edition (25-User Pack) + 25 Users Free (you save $1,000)
    • Bitrix24 BizPace Enterprise Edition (25-User Pack) + 150 Users Free (you save $6,000)
    • Bitrix24 Additional Users - 50% off, use discount coupon - THANKSGIVING2014
    • Bitrix24 Unlimited Users - special price, please contact us - sales@bitrix24.com
    Place your order now
    Don't be a turkey, save up to 50% off self-hosted Bitrix24!
    These offers are valid from November 24, 2014 to November 30, 2014. These offers are not available to our customers and partners in Germany, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, Belarus or Kazakhstan.
  • Team Dynamics: Get the Superstars and Wallflowers to Work Together

    Dmitry Davydov 24 November 2014 11:23:20 296
    A good team is not a homogenous team.

    Diversity - of background, approach, expertise, methodology, and skills - is what makes a team approach more creative and powerful than an individual approach.

    All of us, working together, combine our forces to be crazily awesome at what we do.

    But it can be difficult to get your team to the point where they are truly working together. Help them avoid the cliques and conflicts and get to creative productivity.

    Reduce Uncertainty

    When people are insecure, they tend to retreat to a comfort zone. If they can't find one, they create one by becoming a slightly exaggerated version of themselves.

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    Tags: productivity, tips
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