2313 Inc. Travels to the Bahamas!

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Just last weekend, 2313 Inc. traveled to the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas! We enjoyed some fun in the sun, as well as soaking up everything there is to offer at this beautiful location.

One of our favorite parts of the entire trip was participating in a charity volleyball tournament on the beach. The 2313 Inc. team, known as Notorious DIGS, fought hard and came out on top! Around 20 teams participated, and the only team left standing was 2313 Inc. The tournament benefited Operation Smile, which is a great cause.

Operation Smile is an international charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery for children that are born with deformities. They deliver beneficial medical therapies to children in low and middle-income countries, most notably in South America and Africa.

Operation Smile is a mobilized force of international medical professionals and caring hearts. They are a pioneer in advocating for the importance of safe surgery in resource-poor environments and is also largest surgical charity of its kind. Operation Smile leads research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and eradication.

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Check out the photos of our awesome time in the Bahamas!

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10 Motivational Teamwork Quotes

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1. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” — Michael Jordan

Winner of 6 NBA championships, Jordan knows the value of teamwork over talent in achieving major victories.

2. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard

The management guru’s simple advice should be remembered. A team can achieve more than a mere individual.

3. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ― Helen Keller

This eloquent statement on the nature of teamwork from Helen Keller is the ultimate motivational advice for teams.

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“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This impactful quote from a French aviator and poet reminds us that teams are best motivated when they’re emotionally invested. It’s the sizzle, not the steak.

5. “A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” – Japanese proverb

This famous nugget of wisdom is as true as it gets. There is power and strength in numbers.

6.  “A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.” – Lee Iacocca

A mega-successful American businessman, Iacocca knows the value of being a team-player. It’s not just how good you are, it’s how you work with the team.

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7. “No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How great is this quote? Emerson may have helped shape the notion of individuality in early America, but he also knew its limitations.

8. “Light is the task where many share the toil.” – Homer

This quote from the father of Western literature reminds us that if all share the burden, we won’t work ourselves to exhaustion.

9. “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” – Doug Floyd

Each one of us has our own set of skills. Combine them together in a team and magic happens.

10. “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” – Unknown

It sounds so simple because it is! We can’t do it alone. Being part of team makes the workload manageable and success limitless.

Motivating Employees the Right Way

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Every leader wants their employees to stand behind the business and be productive. They’re getting paid, so they’re contractually obligated to get things done, right? And why wouldn’t they automatically share the same passion and enthusiasm for the company that you do?

Let’s be honest—this can’t always be the case. But that doesn’t mean that less enthusiastic employees can’t become valuable and productive assets to you. Instead of putting all the blame on attitude, think about what you, as a leader, can do to motivate your employees the right way.

1. Find out what really motivates them

Some employees may feel that they are underpaid, and talking about their salary might be a viable option. But for many, their motivation comes from intrinsic factors. For example, an employee may feel disconnected with what they do because they aren’t seeing see the value of it. Or maybe an employee is motivated by the opportunity to climb the ladder. Find out what their intrinsic motivation is.

Find a time to talk, perhaps during a performance review, and find out what motivates the employee. Make sure they feel comfortable discussing these items and that they won’t be judged or reprimanded in any way. In talking, you may discover simple ways to boost your employees’ productivity in substantial, long-term ways.

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2. Acknowledge the positive

The mind’s negativity bias can prevent us from seeing the positive side of things. However, when you’re responsible for motivating employees, it’s worthwhile to try to overcome that bias. A too-common belief is that if employees are doing positive things, they’re simply doing their jobs and the paycheck is their reward. What these managers tend to forget is that humans aren’t usually motivated that way.

Employees need to know when they’re on the right track and be acknowledged for going above and beyond. True, they’re paid to help move the company forward, but if the praise keeps going to the top, while the blame always falls on them, they won’t be motivated. Acknowledge the positive things your employees do and they will feel more connected to the company.

3. Listen and include them

 

Finally, make an effort to include your employees in decision-making processes when possible. And if an employee has something to say, hear them out. What they say may or may not be grounds for your consideration, but you’ll never know if you don’t listen. For example, an employee that often complains about the speed of their computer might be pointing out an office-wide efficiency problem halting productivity at all levels.

 

Ultimately, you’ll find that your employees are intrinsically motivated by many things. Treating them with respect by listening to them, including them, and acknowledging the positive things they do is a surefire plan.

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2313 Inc. Top Gun Recruiter Event 2014

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From September 18th to the 21st, 2313 Inc. attended a Top Gun Recruiter Event. Hosted in Laguna Beach, the event was a huge success. Six contest winners from locations all over the U.S. (Chicago, Detroit, San Diego) came together for a leadership and business meet up.

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The event was hosted at a beach house in Laguna Beach. Activities included seminars on time management, DISC assessment personality tests, and personal development plans.

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And for some fun, attendees headed to the beach and tried out some snorkeling, as well as checked out the downtown Laguna nightlife. Check out 2313 Inc. on Facebook today for more company news and updates!

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3 Business Success Stories for Inspiration

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Dreams really do come true—at least for theses three entrepreneurs that took an idea and created a successful business out of it. Hopefully, these amazing stories will inspire all of you innovators and dreamers to take your idea to the next level and maybe make your dreams come true.

1. Clayton Christopher (Sweet Leaf Tea)

From an early age, Clayton Christopher always believed he would own a business. His father had been an entrepreneur, so running a business was something that ran in the family, and sooner or later it would be his turn.

While Clayton had spent years as a competitive cyclist and charter boat captain, his calling came the day he was introduced to an Alabama businessman. Christopher was enchanted by the passionate way the man spoke about one topic: making iced tea. This was the inspiration Christopher needed.

With only $10,000 to his name and some financial help from his dad, Christopher began making tea that would meet his standards for great taste. After a time of struggling to make ends meet, it finally caught on in huge way. The rest is history.

Today, Sweet Leaf Tea is sold all across the world and has been featured on major television networks.

 2. Maureen Kelly (Tarte)

Growing up in a New York suburb, Maureen Kelly was always interested in makeup. As a child, she would apply makeup to dolls and as she got a little older, she participated in makeovers with her friends. But as a young woman, Kelly was frustrated with certain elements of buying and using makeup. The way the packages look, the synthetic ingredients—it wasn’t the way Kelly thought makeup should be.

Kelly took her savings and a credit card and started Tarte so she could deliver a cosmetics product that fit needs not currently being met. She believed makeup should be chic in its packaging and healthy to use, elements of the experience she felt were missing in the current market.

Through strong marketing web presence, Tarte took off in a huge way, and is now a major player in cosmetics. Kelly stresses the importance of the Internet for young businesses, and giving back as part of an overall philosophy (Tarte partnered with Habitat for Humanity).

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3. Jeff Walker (Internet Alchemy)

Jeff Walker was a stay-at-home dad in a small Colorado town when he made the decision to order an instructional product about publishing online for money. The year was 1995, so the Internet was still a fairly new phenomenon. But that decision would be the beginning of a multi-million dollar journey for Walker, who used the information to launch his own financial advice emails.

He started out with 19 email addresses. He now makes millions and teaches others how to do the same. He advises entrepreneurs to make connections and network, be patient, and never stop learning things. These are some of the qualities that have taken Walker from small-town dad to multimillionaire.

If you have an idea you’d like to turn into a business, consider these stories as an inspiration and a reminder that anything is possible.

How to Have Effective Team Meetings

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Some days, meetings can get away from us. What we thought would be a 30-minute meeting turns into 2 hours. Meetings can be a big time waster if they aren’t done efficiently.

Some meetings can simply be done through email, while some are actually pretty important. The first step in having effective meetings is figuring this out. If team members aren’t brainstorming and are simply sharing ideas, complete the sharing process through email. However, if team members want input and/or to discuss these ideas, have the meeting instead.

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Once it has been decided that a meeting is essential, follow these steps beforehand to have a quick and effective meeting:

Create an Agenda

This will ensure you don’t get too off track and will remember everything that needs to be discussed during the meeting. Send this around to everyone involved beforehand, as well as a general timeline that you expect to meet.

Make Sure Everyone is Prepared

If team members need to read over a document beforehand to understand something that will be discussed, make sure they know this. If they need to prepare something, make sure that gets done as well. Meetings can become pointless if some people don’t have the information they need or are unable to answer questions.

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Create a Meeting Follow-Up Plan

Too often people agree to something in a meeting and then completely forget about it. Sending out a roundup following the meeting that recaps who is doing what by when and a quick overview of what was discussed will ensure everyone gets their job done.

Ask for Feedback

Maybe your employees have an idea that will make meetings more effective. Ask for feedback and try implementing it when possible. Ask questions such as:

  • Do you feel our meetings are productive?
  • If not, what could we do to change that?
  • Is there anything we could stop or start doing to make them more effective?

5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Day of Work

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Starting a new job can be exciting and nerve-wracking, but coming prepared and alert will only set you up for success. We all want to make a good first impression on everyone we meet so it’s important to be prepared. Avoiding these 5 common mistakes will help you thrive on your first day of work:

Not Getting Enough Sleep

There is nothing more unprofessional than constantly yawning throughout your first day of work. Chances are you will be training or working with someone throughout the entire day, and that person will see each and every yawn. Not only will a good night’s sleep prevent looking bored, it will keep you alert and professional.

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Not Paying Attention

While first days can be filled with boring technical information and learning a lot of new names, remember to pay attention and learn as much as possible. Try bringing a notebook on the first day to take notes in; doing so will give a good impression, and allow you to write down vital information.

Not Dressing Professionally Enough

Even if it is a fairly casual work environment, always dress appropriately and professionally on the first couple of days. Once there has been time to assess what everyone else is wearing, adjustments can be made from there. It’s good to stick with something classic and comfortable in order to make a strong first impression.

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Not Studying the Company

It is always good to go into your first day of work with some knowledge about the company. If there is a team page, learn the names of your new colleagues. Taking the time to learn about the company’s missions, values, and clients will better equip you for success in those initial weeks.

Not Asking Questions

Some people are too scared to ask questions on their first day, but it is much better to clarify something that is confusing than to simply hope you understood what was instructed of you. Questions also show that you are listening and eager to learn more. A lot of people feel lost on their first day of work, which is completely normal; ease into the newness by asking thoughtful, relevant questions.