Pick Up a Hammer and Start Hammering

If your company is under 50 employees, everyone on your team has real work to do every day that isn’t managing. In other words, you can’t have people on your team who can’t do actual work. You know, produce. Build stuff. Hammer. You might be tempted to hire that awesome head of marketing with 20 […]

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Addition by Subtraction

I don’t know about you, but I go through periods where my brain simply refuses to work, refuses to generate fresh thinking. It’s during those times that I find myself wandering through Twitter or various blogs looking for “inspiration.” Out there, somewhere, is the answer. I only have to find it. This happened recently and […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Why The Model Fails

This is the last post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team,  what makes an ideal distributed team member, individual vs pods when hiring, team leadership and team communication. As a reminder, this series is focused on building a distributed technology product team. While the principles […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Team Communication

This is the fifth post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team,  what makes an ideal distributed team member, individual vs pods when hiring and team leadership. As a reminder, this series is focused on building a distributed technology product team. While the principles here might […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Team Leadership

This is the fourth post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team,  what makes an ideal distributed team member, and individual vs pods when hiring. As a reminder, this series is focused on building a distributed technology product team. While the principles here […]

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February 2017 Must-Haves

Each month I provide a list of resources (podcasts, talks, blog posts, books, music etc.) that I consider to be must-haves. There’s no doubt that you’ll see recurring themes or resources throughout these posts. I publish my Must-Haves on the closest Tuesday or Friday to the 15th of every month. Here’s my February 2017 Must-Haves […]

The Scott Barstow Show, Episode #030 – Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder of My Digital Shield

My guest for this episode is Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder of My Digital Shield. My Digital Shield is revolutionizing how small and medium businesses protect themselves from cyber threats. By deploying minimal infrastructure at the customer’s location and utilizing the best of cloud technologies, My Digital Shield is bringing cyber security usually reserved for […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Individuals vs. Pods

This is the third post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team and what makes an ideal distributed team member. In this post, we’re going to talk about how you build out the team. There are generally two approaches: Hire individuals or […]

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Building Distributed Teams – What Makes the Ideal Team Member?

This is the second post in my series on building a distributed team. Part one is here. Nothing kills a distributed team faster than hiring the wrong kind of team member. There are a few characteristics that I’ve found over the years to be critical when hiring a distributed team: They are clear communicators They […]

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Moving off of Upwork with a Contractor

Pardon the brief interruption in my series on building distributed teams. I’ve been battling the flu this week and am just now emerging from the fog. Distributed Teams will resume in my next post. I got this question from a reader and, since it is relatively simple to answer, I’m tackling it while I get back […]

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