Building an IT Team

Is it time to pull together an internal tech team at your midsized firm?

type of employees round out the IT team. An online retail operation with data centers, an inventory management system, and billing systems, for example, would likely require a larger, more experienced team than a midsized manufacturer of hard goods that serves a small geographic location. Also consider whether your internal technology systems and equipment are generic or proprietary, requiring specialized training of employees for maintenance and troubleshooting.

“It’s always nice to find someone who already knows your industry, but that’s not always possible,” Steinem says. “At minimum, find someone who has the technical knowledge, and who is willing and able to learn your business, its systems and goals.”

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54 Responses to Building an IT Team

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  2. Gwendolyn Green says:

    That lessoned helped me focus on redefining my business

  3. Sandra Brown says:

    I appreciate the instruction to explain my vision in one minute or less.

  4. i LIKED THE EXPLANATION ON THE VISION. NICE.

  5. I found that to be extremely helpful. I had been struggling with my vision for my business. 

  6. Askmysecretary says:

    I agree. No one can tell the message of your vision better than YOU!

  7. Suzifamouscakes says:

    Great info.

  8. Erica D. says:

    I love sharing my vision and mission!

  9. I like the idea of putting my company’s message into a storytelling format to help people see the vision, especially since it’s a record label.

  10. LaKesha Womack says:

    I think the call to action is sooo important.  A lot of times we have the vision but don’t put the ideas into action.  Excellent tips.

  11. Tara Aldrich says:

    Sharing your vision with everyone and keep them focused on it. Communicate it clearly and succinctly. Garner support from others to make your vision a reality. These were the big takeaways I got from this video.

  12. Nita Shaw40 says:

    I think that being able to communicate your message in 1 min. or less is tough,  but says alot. You want your customers to have something clear and easy to remember. This is great.

  13. EarfulENT says:

    I really found this video resourceful. I didn’t really understand the magnitude of share the business message with any and everyone. I originally figured my employees would know and basically present this in there duties.

  14. Personally, its helpful to tell a story about what im doing as it serves as an outlet to communicate my level of excitement. Additionally, from a personal development angle, it helps with public speaking. Internalizing and believing in what you do certainly helps in delivering your message.

  15. www.thelegacyhouse.org says:

    I have to learn to share my vision more, even if I sound like a broken record 🙂

  16. I need to get back into blogging & sharing my vision so that it does not fade away…

  17. Misha says:

    This presentation because it reminds you to share your vision effectively. People need to feel your passion.

  18. AR says:

    Thank you for this very informative video. This is a great reminder for me to remain focused on the vision. Now all I need to do is focus on summing it up in a minute or less. 

  19. Phoebe says:

    You inspire me. Thanks

  20. Debussey626 says:

    This was so informative.

  21. Thank you for this information.   Sometimes I forget to communicate with everyone what I am trying to achieve.   

  22. De'on says:

    Very helpful, thank you!

  23. Sandra Butler says:

    Craft a vision then communicate it to everyone by sharing it…Tell a good story easier than repeating a vision statement…

  24. BreeNR says:

    Awesome advice! I feel my friends communicate my business more than I do. No bueno, but it’s awesome that they fall into point 4 and 5. Def see areas where I need to step it up! 

  25. I never really thought of putting my vision in a story.  I like that concept.  

  26. Arienne Hudson says:

    I will work on creating my message into a story and I will tell my story every chance I get because if its on my mind then it will continue to be other people’s mind…free advertising and marketing!!!!

  27. GlobalService says:

    I am just catching up on these courses, and regret now finding this before. This is amazing information!

  28. Zurriane says:

    Good inforamation

  29. Bobby says:

    Closed mouths don’t get fed!!!

  30. Tettcommunitydevelopment says:

    Sometimes when I’m sharing my vision with people, I see eyes rolling.  At first I was bothered… but now I know they’re “dream killers” and they don’t want to see me excell. (I’m still in the start up stage)

    • tythestylist says:

      Well… Keep on pushing forward.  I have learned that the same people who don’t share your vision will be the same people trying to drain you for knowledge. It is okay they will be your biggest supports! you

    • Michael125 says:

      I know the type the naysayers. One of the publishers articles had an interesting way of handling this. Only associate with positive people.

  31. T J Baptiest says:

    Just starting my business. On the right path, always sharing my vision and my logo is almost finished. 

  32. Mckela Simon says:

    When i share my vision with people the try to steal it and use it as there own…

  33. Mckela Simon says:

    When i share my vision some people try use as there…

  34. Creating a strong vision statement. Awesome – tips and steps in the development of the concept of the vision for new business start-ups. Great Presentation.

  35. clarity is always key to knowing (where) to move to the next level. I’m going to practice communicating my vision statement so that I can keep it short when appropriate. thanks for the info.

  36. Wizzdom says:

    Great information, I’m going to have to tailor my vision so that is is more concise and relatable. Sharing my vision and asking others will be very useful tool.

  37. This SmallBizLady really knows her stuff.

  38. Cameron T says:

    A strong vision and effective team means everything

  39. Guest says:

    Great info

  40. Mrs.J says:

    I think this is great infomation for me because it helps with accountability, I have been wanting to start my business for a long time but because I can get a little behind in time lines since I am still working full-time this helps keep me on task since you know people will be ask how is it coming along and you want to give a positive answer.

  41. Michael Miller says:

    Vision Statements are an art. I have created several and some work others do not. I took a Dale Carnegie course a while back and it really helped with this but there is no substitute for some assistance by a business coach. Trial and error are the best methods.

  42. Michael125 says:

    I didnt think a vision statement would apply to a small business. I loved the five steps.

  43. Campus Basics says:

    A vision goes far in life…but no vision goes no where!

  44. J5ac Designs says:

    It can be tough when you share your vision and no one seems to be listening. I have learned to create a story that leaves my audience engaged enough to ask me questions about my vision.

  45. Anna Abell says:

    Most people do not want to hear about you starting a business. There’s usually a lot of negative feedback. I say keeping sharing continue with your plan.

  46. PAULSRP says:

    I’m in the start-up phase and I only share my vision with people who will support me. I don’t need any negative feedback. However, constructive criticism is always welcome.

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