Management

Not something you expect from an IT Services company but helping customers in our world often goes way beyond traditional IT. This is a collection of articles based on discussions we’ve had with customers and helping them through their issues.


Problems are the Breakfast of Champions: Cultivating An Entrepreneurial Mindset Throughout Your Team

  • September 18, 2018

Entrepreneurial Mindset Breakfast of champions

Entrepreneurial Mindset Versus Problems: Grab Your Bowl And Spoon

Running your own business has more than its fair share of ups and downs. Staff, vendors, customers, competitors – all vying for your time. A ‘normal day’ running your business is stressful enough but add to that the inevitable problems that come about in business and you can easily get discouraged. The solution? Cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset throughout your organization.

A customer is mad because something didn’t go as planned, you are short-staffed because two staff members are on vacation the same week, vendors late delivering supplies needed to complete a project you’ve had scheduled for weeks, the list goes on. These are all annoyances getting in the way of your business — or, could they be clues on how to grow your company? I want to challenge you to look at problems in a different light. Problems are GOOD! Why? They are growth opportunities for cultivating entrepreneurial mindsets throughout your organization’s team.

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Technology Associates Ranked Among America’s Top Entrepreneurs by Inc. 5000 For Third Year In A Row

  • September 6, 2018

Inc. 5000 Award Winner Technology AssociatesFor the Third Year In A Row, Technology Associates Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Among America’s Top Entrepreneurs.

NEW YORK, August 16, 2017Inc. magazine today ranked Technology Associates on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“I’m so honored and humbled to announce that Technology Associates made the Inc. 5000 List for the third year in a row in this competition,” says Eric Hobbs, CEO of Technology Associates. “There are a ton of people to credit for this success including our awesome clients and our incredible staff who are dedicated to delivering outstanding service. I want to thank each of you for the trust and dedication to our mission. It’s been a fantastic 21 years, but we’re just getting started.”

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Are You Running A Patient Organization? 7 Key Truth-Telling Questions To Ask Your Employees by Walt Brown

  • September 4, 2018

patient organization 7 questions7 Difficult Questions To Ask Your Employees: Are You Running A Patient Organization?

This is a fantastic guest article written by our upcoming Expertise In Business webinar speaker, Walt Brown, Full Time Entrepreneurial Operating System® Implementer. Be sure to sign up for our next webinar, The Patient Organization: Leading With Clarity And Building Loyalty In Your Business.

Take a step back for a moment and allow yourself to envision your ideal employee. What attributes come to mind? Perhaps inspired, diligent, committed, and loyal resonate with you. Being mindful of what employees should embody is fine and well, but it’s far more important as a leader to be mindful of how to encourage your employees to actually demonstrate these attributes.

Through my years working with leadership teams, I have narrowed down what employees of any generation look for in their workplace. I’ve used these insights to compile 7 questions that employees should be able to answer yes to.  Trust me, if your organization has people, these questions will be relevant.

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You Might Be A Helicopter Boss If…Leadership That Empowers Employees

  • August 21, 2018

how to empower employees leadershipAre You A Helicopter Boss?

Forget helicopter parents, when it comes to micromanaging leadership, swooping in and “taking over” a task, business owners take the cake!

With blood, sweat, and tears, and countless hours, you’ve built your business up to the empire it is today. This business is your baby. People’s livelihood depends on making this operation you’ve built work! Your clients depend on your process and product to work for them to earn their livelihood! And now, you’re faced with a new employee, or maybe it’s an employee that’s been with the company for several years, and you watch them move through a task and they’re fumbling. What happens next for so many of us? Helicopter Boss to the rescue!!

This post was inspired by Cindy Anderson’s awesome webinar around Fundamental Leadership Traits. If you missed it you watch it for free here!

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Webinar Recap: Essential Leadership Traits Needed For Long-Term Success

  • August 14, 2018

Cindy Anderson Webinar Leadership Traits

Title: Essential Leadership Traits Needed For Long-Term Success
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Presenter: Cindy Anderson, Managing Partner of Thinc Strategy
Moderator: Eric Hobbs, CEO of Technology Associates

Whether you are striving for the next promotion, standing in the infancy stage of business, or sustaining an established brand, your leadership style will leave a lasting impact on the success of your business and your employees. Join Cindy Anderson, managing partner of Thinc Strategy, to discover the most overlooked leadership traits. You’ll learn how to lead with or without authority and the fundamental traits to shift your leadership style from good to great.

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Upcoming Webinar: The Patient Organization – Leading With Clarity And Building Loyalty In Your Company

  • August 14, 2018

Walt Brown Patient OrganizationPlease Join Us For Our October 3, 2018 Webinar!

Title: The Patient Organization: Leading With Clarity And Building Loyalty In Your Company
Date and Time: WEDNESDAY, October 3, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Walt Brown, Full Time Entrepreneurial Operating System® Implementer
Moderator: Eric Hobbs, CEO of Technology Associates

You won’t want to miss this upcoming webinar, featuring Walt Brown, as he dives into The Patient Organization; his dynamic approach to eliminate dysfunction within organizations while achieving significant organizational loyalty and improvement. Walt is seven for seven for launching and growing companies. During the last decade, he has helped transform the culture of more than 135 organizations across the country through patience and best-practice exercises.

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Time Management: Top Time Wasters For CEOs And How To Free Yourself!

  • August 2, 2018

Time Management for CEOsA common complaint amongst CEOs is not having the time to catch up on work and actually get their job done.  Reality is, we all have the same 24 hours a day. Ultimately, it comes down to how you utilize this time every day. If you haven’t taken the time to analyze and improve your time management skills, this is a good place to start.  In this article, we will be breaking down time management for CEOs, tackling the top time wasters and how to avoid them.

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Essential Traits for Exceptional Leaders: A Guest Post By Cindy Anderson

  • July 24, 2018

Essential Leadership QualitiesEffective Leadership Is About Providing Inspiration And Guidance. 

Exceptional leaders exhibit courage, passion, confidence, commitment, and ambition. They nurture the strengths and talents of their people and build teams committed to achieving common goals.

On a fundamental level, most leaders share a common set of leadership skills and traits that helped them grow into their leadership position. In the very best of leaders, we innately expect them to exude strong communications skills, accountability for themselves and their teams, and demonstrate compassion and creativity.

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Webinar Recap: The Growth Trap–How To Shift From Working IN Your Business To Working ON Your Business

  • July 17, 2018

Title: How To Shift From Working IN Your Business To Working ON Your Business
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Presenter: Will Barfield, CEO of Barfield Revenue Consulting
Moderator: Eric Hobbs, CEO of Technology Associates

“I can’t step away.” – How many times have you secretly thought this to yourself? If this describes you, I’m guessing you:

  • Have a finger in every pie: You feel you have to be involved juuuuust a little bit in every department’s projects to make sure they’re doing it right.
  • Find yourself bringing on “good enough” staff to alleviate surface level solutions to deeper needs within your business. No, that new hire isn’t quite what you were looking for, but they’ll do for right now…or will they?
  • Always have to be “on” – even when you’re not at work, you’re at work. Anxiety and concerns from the office creep into your downtime with your family and friends.  You can never be fully away. Your greatest fear? Like Atlas, if you shrug, the weight of your business (and your whole world for that matter) are going to come crashing down on you.

What’s worse is that you know that if you go on in this way, the pace isn’t sustainable. You are likely to fail in multiple areas, including letting down your team, your clients, and even your family.

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