Clara Soh on Communication Keys to Project Collaboration Success
In Chapter 11 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "What Have You Found to Be the Keys to Creating Successful Project Collaborations?" In her policy research work, Soh takes an open communication approach to set expectations around project goals and potential outcomes at the start of a project. This gives the team direction and a more clarified sense of purpose and understanding of objectives. Soh is a health economist in Washington D.C.
In Chapter 14 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, health economist Clara Soh answers "How Have You Learned to Translate Complex Research into Easily Digestable Writing?" Soh shares how she has learned to translate what she does at work to the level of communication her audience prefers such as academic, legislative or journalistic. Early career experiences reading extensively while in the Peace Corps give Soh the appreciation for diversity she then hones in her health economist career
In Chapter 19 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "How Are You Learning to Better Manage and Motivate Teams?" Kerner shares the importance of better structuring goals so that each team member clearly understands how he or she can contribute to achieving them. She finds this hugely helpful motivating teams. Kerner notes making it a priority to get to know team members in and out of work helps her manage better.
In Chapter 18 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "How Are You Learning to Communicate More Effectively?" McKenzie finds he is able to communicate more effectively by communicating more frequently. Managing a distributed team from over the world, McKenzie finds more regular communication that is visual and verbal helps keep his team on the same page. Philip L. McKenzie is the Founder and Global Curator of Influencer Conference.
In Chapter 11 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "What Problems Are You Trying to Solve to Grow Your Business?" McKenzie finds impatience is the greatest challenge he faces. The more he wants to do to grow his business, the more resources he needs. McKenzie learns to set priorities that align with incremental goals and manage that time constraints that come with things like closing a deal and getting paid on that deal.
In Chapter 10 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "What Procedures and Processes Are You Putting in Place to Manage Company Growth?" He notes why scale matters when you grow a company. He shares scalable systems his team is creating, from publicity, sales and web analytics to project management effectiveness measures to key performance indicators (KPIs) of company success. These processes create a structure that helps him and his team manage growth.
In Chapter 2 of 16 in her 2012 interview, author and food writer Cathy Erway shares how her projects now involve larger teams and what she has learned about the role effective communication plays in successful project team efforts. Cathy Erway is an author and food writer living in Brooklyn. Her first book, "The Art of Eating In" developed from her blog "Not Eating Out in New York". She earned a BA in creative writing from Emerson College.
In Chapter 6 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur and community builder Fabian Pfortmuller answers "How Are You Learning to Better Cultivate and Develop Millennial-Generation Talent?" As a millennial managing millennials, Pfortmuller learns ways to understand his employee feelings via feedback loops. This helps him stay connected to his team, maintain a balance of job independence and structure, and better manage millennial employee expectations and set clear job goals.
In Chapter 9 of 20 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Carrot Creative social media agency CEO Mike Germano answers "How Are You Learning to Manage and Motivate Teams?" For Germano, managerial effectiveness as a leader comes through clear communication when setting expectations with his team. He makes sure his employees understand why their client or project is important and why they are the right person for the job. Mike Germano is co-founder and CEO of Carrot Creative in DUMBO Brooklyn.
In Chapter 16 of 18 in her 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, Neuroscience Institute Executive Director Stacie Grossman Bloom shares how it starts with respecting the different cultures within each discipline. This allows her to then find better ways to encourage and support collaboration across disciplines. She shares her experience doing so encouraging translational research between basic scientists and clinical scientists.
In Chapter 19 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings answers "What Goals are You Setting as You Look to What Comes Next in Your Business Career?" Stallings shares how his point of view on management and leadership have evolved with experience. In order to do better work, he acknowledges the need to empower teams with frameworks, tools, and motivation.
In Chapter 17 of 22 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings looks for the ability to create space between the client or organizational setting and the project team. This separation helps the team work through the problems. Secondly, Stallings notes the importance of applying tension using time and deadlines to make sure the team stays on track and engaged throughout the project. Stallings is currently a Senior Strategist at frog design.
In Chapter 8 of 13 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, crowdfunding entrepreneur and IndieGoGo CEO Slava Rubin shares the new challenge of managing large teams. He finds listening and action to be the two elements that help him be the best manager possible. He discusses what he does to facilitate effective communication and alignment to vision. Slava Rubin is the CEO and Co-Founder of the crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo.