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.

Related Videos


  • Clara Soh on How to Make Complex Research Easier to Understand

    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

  • Leslie Kerner on Ways to Better Manage and Motivate Teams

    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.

  • Phil McKenzie on How to Improve Virtual Team Communication

    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.

  • Phil McKenzie on Why Patience Is Key to Small Business Success

    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.

  • How to Better Manage Creative Project Teams

    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.

  • Slava Rubin on Creating Scalable Systems to Grow Your Business

    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.

  • Fabian Pfortmuller on Managing Millennial Employee Expectations

    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.

  • Mike Germano Explains How to Motivate Teams by Setting Clear Expectations

    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.

  • How to Manage Across Work Disciplines - Stacie Grossman Bloom

    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.

  • Slava Rubin on How a 5 to 5 Policy Improves CEO Productivity

    In Chapter 6 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "As a CEO, How Do You Decide What Time Horizon to Focus on in Your Work?" Rubin shares how growing from 15 to 60 employees has changed his and his co-founders' job responsibilities. He manages his commitments and priorities by using a "5 to 5" policy of working on things that can get answered in 5 minutes or that relate to 5-year company goals. Slava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo.

  • Slava Rubin on How to Build Startup Teams That Perform Under Pressure

    In Chapter 14 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "What Does It Mean to Perform Under Pressure in the Work That You Do?" As CEO of a venture capital-backed startup that has raised over $17 million dollars in financing, he notes that the work environment is intense and the investor expectations are high. He looks to hire employees who thrive under pressure and meet the company's "FACE" values-fearlessness, authenticity, collaboration, and empowerment.

  • Hammans Stallings on Management and Leadership Evolution with Experience

    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.

Other Advice Videos


  • Ramsey Pryor on Why to Avoid Giving Prescriptive Advice

    In Chapter 11 of 16 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, product management executive Ramsey Pryor answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You for Help?" With time, Pryor learns to give less prescriptive advice. He learns from his children to give advice is more to be a sounding board and help others make a decision rather than to make a decision for others. Pryor is a product management executive at IBM focused on cloud-based collaboration.

  • Rachel Lehmann-Haupt on Seeking Advice From Working Mom Friends

    In Chapter 17 of 17 in her 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, author and small business owner Rachel Lehmann-Haupt answers "At This Moment in Your Life, Where Are You Seeking Advice and Coaching?" Lehmann-Haupt shares how she gathers working mom friends she respects to help her shape next steps in her life as a working mom. She finds her friends understand her needs as someone trying to be a good mom and strike the right work-life balance in an aspiring career. Rachel Lehmann-Haupt is a writer.

  • Bryan Law on Seeking Advice to Make Better Decisions in Your 30s

    In Chapter 23 of 23 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, business strategist Bryan Law answers "At This Point in Your Life, Where Are You Seeking Advice and Coaching?" Now in his thirties, Law shares how he gets advice from a network of people to make more informed decisions. From teacher mentors from Georgetown to an inspiring Angolan friend to his parents to his spouse, Law finds willing people to support him as he faces key life decisions.

  • Louise Langheier on Two Ways to Give Better Career Advice

    In Chapter 7 of 21 in her 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, social entrepreneur Louise Langheier answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" Langheier shares two ways she has learned to give better advice. The first is honing in on the specific question the person seeking advice is really trying to answer. The second is appreciating the learning experience that comes with being asked to give advice.

  • Rihanna's Creative Director Got Career Advice From a Horse

    Think of the best career advice you ever received. Who gave it to you? Your mom? Your mentor? Ahem, your favorite website? Well, Ciarra Pardo, best known as Rihanna's creative director, got her best advice ever from her horse.

  • Conrad Doucette on Giving Better Advice When Asked for Help

    In Chapter 17 of 17 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, musician and digital strategist Conrad Doucette answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" Doucette puts himself in the shoes of the person asking for advice. In his younger years he would have dispensed advice based on his point of view rather than the perspective of the person asking for advice. Conrad Doucette is a Brooklyn musician and the drummer for the band Takka Takka.

  • Most Advisers Aren't Afraid of "Robo" Advice

    Online investment services aren't just for young clients and low-balance accounts; "robo" advice can help any wealth advisory firm grow, says Bernie Clark, the head of Schwab Adviser Services. "Robo" advice is complementary and an opportunity, Mr. Clark says.

  • The Making of Me: Life Advice from Successful and Inspiring Women

    5 remarkable women share their stories in Glamour’s new series, “The Making of Me.” Whether you’re starting over or starting your own business, trying to balance work and motherhood, or searching to uncover your true passion in live, you’ll find inspiration and advice as these women reveal their journey to becoming who they are today.