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How Sococo is Completely Transforming the Virtual Office

by · July 16, 2014

One of the biggest challenges within a remote work environment is how to encourage the natural collaboration that would happen inside of an office environment. This is one of the things SME has been trying to figure out for the last couple of years. We know that most people don’t get their best work done in a cubicle so we’ve shunned opening a corporate office, but we wanted to figure out a way to capture those water cooler conversations and ad-hoc brilliance that comes when two people start hashing out a problem in the hallway.

We just figured out a huge shortcut to getting all the benefits of an office without actually having one; Sococo.

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7 Tools I Could Not Live Without When Working Remotely

by · July 11, 2014

In my last post, I shared a few tips to help you set yourself up for success as a remote-worker. But, getting setup is just the beginning. It takes organization, simplification and the help of several tools to stay efficient.

Here are the seven tools I rely on to be efficient, effective and to exceed expectations during any given workday:

Basecamp There is nothing more stressful than not having what you need, when you need it. Basecamp is a project management tool that helps you keep everything and everyone in one place. At SME Digital, the agency arm of Social Media Explorer, we use Basecamp for all client and internal projects. Having all communication, meeting notes, deliverables and files in one place, accessible to all internal team members and clients makes projects run smoothly. We also use the task feature that allows us to assign “to-dos” to specific people with a due date to serve as a reminder.

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Four innovation traps to avoid

by · July 3, 2014

We work with a number of very large organizations that strive to innovate in their category. Innovation is an awesome buzzword. One that gets shareholders excited. There are in fact whole departments at some companies dedicated to innovation. In addition to large organizations, I’ve also been involved with start ups of late who have laid out their sole purpose to change the way things are done in various industries…you, know disruptors. And these two entities, large companies and small startups do things so completely differently, but the ones that really come through and innovate and disrupt, they have either avoided these traps, or were nimble enough to escape the trap quickly and adjust.

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Why we abolished our vacation policy

by · July 2, 2014

We recently made a big change for all of our employees of Social Media Explorer | SME Digital. We completely abolished our vacation policy. That’s right, we just blew it up completely. There were a lot of reasons for this decision that really go to the heart of how we treat our employees that I thought were worth discussing with our readers.

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4 Tips to Conquer an Overwhelming Calendar

by · June 26, 2014

As I sit here writing this I’ve been balancing a lot of balls in the air. I’m a mother of 3 and the CEO of Social Media Explorer | SME Digital. Summers are usually a little crazy, but this summer is on overdrive. To overcomplicate matters, 4 out of 5 members of our family are undergoing at least one medical procedure this summer.

I thought it would be relevant and helpful to talk about the battle of the schedule frenzy that naturally occurs during summer time and reveal some of the things I’m doing to make life a little easier.

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6 Tips to Set Yourself Up For Success When Working Remotely

by · June 20, 2014

As a full-time remote employee, I feel compelled to put it out there that working remotely is not the equivalent of an employed recluse. Yes, a remote position is different than working out of a traditional office. And, yes, working remotely is not for everyone. But, holding a position as a remote employee still means you are employed by an organization that expects you to be productive and results-driven. There are some major perks, too, like flexibility, no commute-time and fewer distractions.

If you currently are—or are thinking about becoming—a remote worker, here are six tips to set yourself up for success:

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Your Organization isn’t as Complex as You Think

by · May 27, 2014

Have you ever wanted to tackle a problem, but become overwhelmed by the complexity inside your organization? It could be the internal politics, or the complex organizational structure, or the barriers within your corporate culture or simply that the problem is huge and solving it isn’t going to be easy.

Don’t worry.

You aren’t alone.

We’ve all been there.

I have some good news for you.

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Five Signs Your Organization Is Crippled By A Culture Of Fear

by · May 16, 2014

Your company has a culture. This isn’t news.  Some cultures express themselves consciously, written on signs plastered to hallways or found on your website. Others subconsciously, hidden away in the minds and work processes of its employees; an unofficial, unspoken, culture that permeates an organization.

SME Digital (the agency arm of Social Media Explorer), prides itself on its “Work from Anywhere” culture. Our team is free to work from anywhere across the globe (provided they can find a strong internet connection and be available for client calls). I’m currently writing this post from a rental in Victoria, Canada, where I’ve been staying for the past couple weeks. Not going to lie, it’s a pretty wonderful experience and adds, for me, a unique level of value to the company. And that value-add is exactly why we have “Work from Anywhere” as part of our culture.

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Manage Expectations or They’ll Manage You

by · April 18, 2014

What if I randomly handed you $1,000? Pretty sweet huh!

What if I told you, before I handed you that $1,000, that I was about to hand you a random amount of money anywhere between $1,000 and $100,000,000?

That $1,000 doesn’t feel as sweet anymore.

Now, what if I told you I was going to hand you a random amount of money between $1 and $100 and then surprised you with $1,000 in your hand.

Feels amazing, right?

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