Fast Trak’s Book Recommendation!

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Looking for another read this summer? be sure to check out Rework by Jason Fried!! It focuses on a better, faster, way to succeed in business. Fried goes against standard business models, encouraging people to avoid plans, not use outside investors, and ignore the competition. The book argues that people spend too much time with paperwork and meetings instead of getting work done. Fried offers ideas to help be more productive, get cheap exposure and lots of counterintuitive ideas to advance your business. This book is the perfect way to kick off your weekend!! Happy Friday Everyone!

Five Ways to Lead More Efficiently!

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Good management can be the difference between a company outperforming competitors and failing. So what differentiates the good from the best?

1. Create the right environment: Be sure to be a leader and not just an authority that gives orders. You want to encourage a leadership environment where employees will step up, make decisions, and take action in the absence of orders.

2. Everyone should feel safe: Trust and loyalty are extremely important to any team. Staying calm under pressure, having good communication, and providing necessary resources for your employees will make them comfortable and able to perform their jobs.

3. Actively manage through change: Change in business is inevitable, so it is important to know how to handle it. Employees need to know what is changing and why it is important. Each individual employee must be aware of how this will affect their role specifically. Be sure to over-communicate in times of change and get as much feedback as possible on what is (or isn’t) working.

4.Embrace servant leadership: Don’t ask your employees to do anything you haven’t already done, or aren’t willing to do yourself. Although being the leader means you cannot always be working side by side with your employees, it’s important to do so now and then.

5. Let your team take the wheel: Give employees an opportunity to demonstrate their individual skills. If you have someone who is great with statistics, let them lead a meeting on performance metrics. This will allow each person on the team to have their own identity within the team.

 

 

Five Tips To Stand Out At Work!!

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Having trouble getting a promotion? Check out these five tips to stand out at work!

1. Be a “yes” person. It’s important that you are able to complete tasks that you’re given at work without resistance. If a manager sees you are able to complete all the work you receive, it will help differentiate yourself from other employees. Bonus points for positivity!!

2. Seek out educational opportunities- There are tons of books, online videos, and articles online that can help you further your knowledge of your field. Take advantage of all these resources that you’re able to get (for free!!). Being able to do more will make you an important asset to your company.

3. Understand your strengths, and use them!! Great at social media? Perfect! Volunteer to help your company amp up their social media online.

4. Show a little of your personal side. Personal interests help people identify and remember you, which can be a big advantage when you’re trying to stand out in a large company. Just be sure that your personal life doesn’t overshadow your professional life.

5. Work harder than everyone else. Nothing is a substitute for hard work.

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