5 tips for successfully managing remote employees

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Oct 11, 2019 2:45:11 PM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

It’s #WorkFromAnywhere Week (thanks for the heads up, Career Contessa), which is as good a time as any to talk about remote work.  

In this business, I spend a lot of time talking with leaders and hiring managers about the future of work. And for so many of them, enabling and managing a remote workforce is a big, scary unknown.  

But here’s the thing: Remote work isn’t scary. And it isn’t any different thaon-site work. The same management principles apply in the office and remotely—they're just heightened with a remote workforce. I’ll dig into why. But firstthe data:

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Topics: News & updates, Talent shift

GeekWire Summit 2019

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Oct 10, 2019 9:31:13 PM

The GeekWire Summit did not disappoint.

We learned. We laughed. We met some of our local heroes. And we left feeling inspired by the future of tech and the incredible talent and innovation in our region.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from the event:

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Topics: Simplify Series, News & updates

Tech Impact Awards 2019

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Sep 30, 2019 11:25:39 AM

We’re honored to receive a Tech Impact Award alongside our region’s top tech leaders like DreamBox Learning, Smartsheet, TomboyX, The Riveter, and Zipwhip.

One of the PNW's most distinguished tech honors, the Tech Impact Awards recognize companies in Washington state that are using technology to have a significant impact on business, industry, or society.

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Topics: News & updates

Better together: 5 takeaways from TalentConnect 2019

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Sep 29, 2019 10:02:19 AM

Our heads are still swirling with stats, strategies, and inspiration from TalentConnect. We joined 4,600 members of the global talent community in Dallas, Texas, in pursuit of our shared goals of building winning teams and changing people’s lives.

LinkedIn won our hearts with the Texas-sized welcome (and personalized bandanas), and the presenters moved our hearts and minds on topics from authentic DEI like Beyonce to negotiating tactics from a former FBI agent. Also, there was Michelle Obama. (Did we mention Michelle Obama?!)

Here are our top 5 takeaways from the 10th annual LinkedIn TalentConnect conference:

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Topics: Simplify Series

(un)Gala at a glance

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Sep 25, 2019 8:09:48 AM

Team Simplicity recently attended the UW Bothell School of Business' annual (un)Gala. It was a celebration of the people who make the school great, and a chance to hear from alums and students on how the program has shaped their lives. 

We're proud to support the school and proud of our CEO & founder, Lisa Hufford's, commitment to the school's programming and students—as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the past seven years, a former professor, and an employer. 

Read Lisa Hufford's recap of the fundraiser event on LinkedIn. 

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Topics: News & updates

How to bring your event to life with a team of experts

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Sep 24, 2019 10:28:45 AM

Events are essential to an effective marketing strategy. Nearly 90% of execs plan to grow their event budgets in the next year, and 30% of marketers believe that events are the most important marketing channel. Whether online (webinar, virtual summit, live stream, etc) or physical (conference, tradeshow, seminar, workshop, or breakfast/lunch/dinner), events drive brand awareness, lead generation, customer engagement, and education.  

But delivering a compelling, impactful event experience requires planning, strategy, and a mix of the right skills and experience. Here’s how to build the team you need to successfully bring your event to life. 

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Topics: Simplify Series

13 years of Simplicity

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Aug 8, 2019 1:28:59 PM

Simplicity turns 13 today. 

Our founder and CEO, Lisa Hufford, reflected on where we've been—and where we're going. Read her LinkedIn article: Grateful & Inspired

Thanks to everyone who made Simplicity what it is today. Cheers to 13! 

#WeAreSimplicity

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Topics: News & updates

Daring Woman Lisa Hufford

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Aug 2, 2019 9:48:51 AM

We love daring women.

We religiously follow Seattle Business magazine's Daring Women series—featuring local inspirations like the Riveter's Amy Nelson and DreamBox Learning's Jessie Woolley-Wilson—and we were a proud sponsor of this year's Daring Women event

So we were thrilled when our own Lisa Hufford, Simplicity CEO and founder, was featured in the Daring Women series. In her profile, Lisa talks leadership, confidence, personal brand, and the importance of building relationships. 

Here are a few of our favorite takeaways: 

  • On humility: "Good leaders … have the humility to surround themselves with experts who fill their gaps and lift them up, along with empathy, integrity and the perseverance to continue even when the obstacles feel insurmountable."
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Topics: News & updates, Women & work

Here's why we're supporting FFA

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Jul 29, 2019 1:45:17 PM

This year, we're funding a pro bono marketing resource for the Female Founders Alliance (FFA). 

Learn why, from our founder Lisa Hufford, in this excerpt from the FFA blog

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Topics: News & updates, Women & work

Building your on-demand team: low-risk and flexible

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:41:34 AM

 “This new structure allows team members to focus on leveraging their unique set of expertise to deliver greater results…”

Michael, like many managers, is in meetings almost every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and triple-booked much of the time. Michael is a rising star in the company and is highly valued by executives who often ask him to work on important projects. As a result, everyone wants a piece of him. His team values him as their manager and trusts him to be a great advocate for them. Michael’s professional success has opened many doors and new relationships, but has come with a cost—huge burdens on his time and priorities. He runs an important but relatively small team that has many responsibilities.

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Topics: Talent shift

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