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A good documentary is informative and educational without skimping on entertainment value. The best filmmakers attract the viewer because they immerse him in a subject. If you can pull on their heart strings to make them feel true excitement and passion for the subject, then you’ve managed to get your message across.

Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind, or want to boost your motivation and enrich your business knowledge, these are the 10 most entertaining business documentaries you’ll really learn from.

1. Becoming Warren Buffett (2017)

With a net worth of more than $ 60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Becoming Warren Buffett offers a wealth of invaluable information from which we can draw important life lessons from the humble billionaire, his family, and his peers.

The legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha and drives to his office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway . This documentary chronicles the evolution of Buffett into one of the richest and most respected men in the world. The movie takes us on a journey where we see how the legendary investor started out as an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska and became one of the richest and most respected men in the world.

2. Generation Startup (2016)

Follow six recent college graduates who are aspiring entrepreneurs for 17 months. See how they put everything on the line when they try to launch new companies in Detroit. Generation Startup puts a human face on the culture of millennial entrepreneurship by showing the successes and failures of these young people, as well as their struggle against doubt and uncertainty.

The film takes us to the forefront of entrepreneurship in America. It celebrates risk taking and urban revitalization, and provides an honest, trenches view of what it really takes to launch a startup. The film received rave reviews from successful entrepreneurs such as Arianna Huffington and Daymond John.

3. Burt’s Buzz (2013)

This humorous, authentic and compelling documentary tells the story of Burt Shavitz, a lonely beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world’s most recognizable brand identities. Burt’s Buzz pays tribute to Shavitz, the man behind Burt’s Bees .

This documentary narrates the life of this quiet man who did not like the comforts of the middle class, enjoyed solitude and who renounced almost all technology. Viewers also learn about Shavitz’s complicated relationship with co-founder Roxanne Quimby, who eventually took Shavitz out of business. Quimby later sold the brand to the Clorox company for a staggering $ 177 million.

4. Betting on Zero (2017)

Immerse yourself in the complex world of Herbalife, the international nutritional products company. Betting on Zero follows billionaire titan Bill Ackman and several former brand distributors.

The film also chronicles Ackman’s feuds with Herbalife CEO Michael O. Johnson and investor Carl Icahn, and the resulting controversy over the short and Herbalife’s business practices.

5. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)

Get an insider look behind the scenes as Tony Robbins prepares for his annual Date with Destiny seminar, attended by more than 4,500 people in Boca Raton, Florida. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru captures both the immense effort of producing this live seminar and the transformations of the participants.

This documentary aims to open the curtain on Tony Robbins , an internationally renowned life coach / motivational speaker / practical psychologist / business strategist and whatever else you want to call him. The film shows the intensive planning and detailed postmortems that accompany each daily session during its annual seminar.

6. Freakonomics (2010)

Adapted from the bestselling book by Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner, the documentary Freakonomics explores how science and economics help explain our everyday behavior. The film combines thoughtful analysis with frequent doses of lighthearted humor. The film is made up of four different chapters, each directed by a different filmmaker.

Morgan Spurlock applies his comically satirical style to a segment on the ramifications of baby names. Alex Gibney investigates the rampant corruption in the world of sumo wrestling. Eugene Jarecki explores the possible reasons for the dramatic drop in crime rates in the 1990s and offers a surprising and controversial explanation. And Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing explore the idea of offering financial incentives to students to improve their grades.

7. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011)

This work is a tribute to the visionary entrepreneur who was the co-founder and CEO of Apple. Jobs died in 2011, but during his time at the helm of Apple he managed to change much of the way we work, interact, and communicate with each other.

The documentary examines how his talent , style and imagination have shaped all of our lives and looks at the influences that shaped the man himself. The film takes viewers through Jobs’ career path and the development of his memorable product introductions. It is a poignant look at the life of a man who pursued his passions and changed the world.

8. Food, Inc. (2008)

This Oscar-nominated documentary exposes a system plagued by corrupt, secret and abusive practices, the products of which contribute to the growing obesity epidemic and the consequent rise in deadly diseases. This film lifts the veil on the food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underside that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies.

The movie is based on the premise that virtually everything we eat comes from corporations that value their own benefit over the consumer and environmental health. It raises questions about what companies should do when their financial interests conflict with the well-being of their customers.

9. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Jiro Ono is the owner of a humble 10-seat restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. But Jiro, who at the time of the film’s release was 85 years old, wanted to become the best sushi chef in the world, and for many reasons, he succeeded. His small restaurant has three Michelin stars and his customers are willing to spend $ 300 per plate.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi shows how the most successful business owners are the ones who are passionate to the point of obsession. This is evident in the intensity and devotion that Jiro has for his work and how he continues to strive for perfection on a daily basis.

10. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

This documentary tells the incredible story of Enron and the executives who ran the company. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is the inside story of the spectacular rise and fall of one of the most scandalous corporations in American history.

Based on the book of the same name, this film looks at the collapse of the seventh largest company in the United States, where executives embezzled billions of dollars, robbing investors and ruining the lives of thousands of people. However, while they may have been committing terrible crimes and on the run for almost a decade, the fact that these guys were actually brilliant men cannot be ignored.

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These are some lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki’s “Before You Quit Your Job” before I started a business.

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“Life is the sum of our decisions” – Albert Camus.

One of the great obstacles I faced in deciding to walk away from my job to become an entrepreneur was fear. Fear of venturing, fear of being singled out, fear of failing. And probably the biggest: not being sure that, on the 15th, I was going to receive a specific payment.

Terror of thinking that months or even years could go by without receiving a single penny.

I felt judged by the stereotype of that guy in an expensive suit and a tight tie telling me that I was not going to achieve anything without having an MBA (sounds more complex and interesting in English) and a high position at some renowned firm.

I think of that man, who worked for years, perhaps decades, so that his office bears his surname; who decided one day to start the project of having a firm in which he could generate jobs while closing clients on the 5th hole of a golf course.

That office would not exist without the perseverance, discipline and dedication of that man who one day dreamed of having a successful company. I say someday because that is how entrepreneurs start. With the dream of growing our company, our baby. Usually against the tide.

To achieve this it is necessary to break the paradigm and venture before finding perfection. There are times when we like to wait to close a cycle, to be promoted; that three more years pass to be able to learn something and then start a business of their own. Maybe we also hope that the stars align.

The rat race, Robert Kiyosaki would say. Running and running, getting nowhere. All you need is conviction. The easiest way is to create habits that make it easier to meet your goals.

As an entrepreneur, you cannot have all the answers. You have to look for them, invent them and if necessary, reinvent them. Hunger for knowledge. Kiyosaki would say that an employee is a specialist avid for answers, while the employer has to be a generalist. Know about all possible topics even a little. Anyone, with some initiative, can become an entrepreneur. Everything is in the mindset you adopt. Being an entrepreneur means making things happen.

Here are some lessons from Robert Kiyosaki’s Before You Quit Your Job book that have been very helpful to me.

  1. A successful business is created before there is business.
  2. Find out how to turn bad luck into good luck. People learn from their mistakes “getting dumber and richer.”
  3. Know the difference between your job and your job. They pay you for a job, but they don’t pay you to do your job.
  4. Success reveals your failures. Fail as much as possible.
  5. The process is more important than the goal. Trust it. It determines who you become when you reach your goals.
  6. The best answers are in your heart, not your head. Success is not found in self, but in mission. Your mission begins in your marrow, in your soul, it is felt in your heart and it is expressed through your actions … not only in your words.
  7. The scope of the mission determines the product. Falling down is good, if you survive.
  8. Design a business that can do something that no other business can do.
  9. Don’t fight over the offer. It only attracts stingy customers. Show what your product is worth.

In conclusion, the business of your dreams is waiting for you. If you have the conviction you will achieve it. Even if it involves more effort than what you put into your job. Just as good costs, those who work do well. If you ask Henry Ford, what would happen if you lost all your fortune? He would answer you: In less than 5 years, I would have her back.

Don’t be afraid to fail, we have all failed. In business, there are two outcomes. Either you win, or you learn. But you never lose.

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Here are three ways the new social audio media app is impacting you, your business and society as a whole through transparency and education.


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As entrepreneurs, we’re knowledge-seekers and networkers by nature. When Twitter launched, we jumped at the opportunity to hear thoughts from mentors and start forming real-time conversations. When podcasts started gaining traction, we had a chance to hear advice and learn about the backgrounds of inspiring entrepreneurs.

Now, Clubhouse has entered the scene. For those who are unfamiliar, Clubhouse is an audio-based social network that’s invite-only for iPhone users (as of now). This new social network has combined the best parts of old-school talk radio and podcasts, bringing peer-to-peer, transparent conversations to the entrepreneurial world. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Related: How to Get Invited to Clubhouse

After a year of public demands for more transparent media, Clubhouse has found its niche as the solution to ultimately help democratize the mainstream media. Conversations taking place are transparent, conversational, knowledgeable and inspiring – making it the perfect platform for us knowledge-seekers to actively participate.

So, what does this mean for you personally, as a business owner, and your conversations in society as a whole? Let’s break it down.

Personal impact

I’ve always said that the most successful entrepreneurs naturally look for ways to grow personally to be our best selves for our teams, clients and customers. Clubhouse has given us a chance to peek behind the curtain and drop in on these growth-driven discussions in a much more organic, less demanding way than we ever could with written content, radio or even podcasts.

Now, we can listen in on real-time conversations happening with people who inspire us, while taking a break from the draining news cycle via traditional media. We can get back to discussing ideas and learning from each other. We have an insider’s look at thousands of experts’ thought processes – something we’ve never been able to hear live in the past aside from a short talk radio interview. Not only can we pull from their advice and thoughts personally, but these conversations can help us formulate ideas on how we can be better business owners as well.

Related: 10 Worthwhile Books Written by Self-Made Billionaires

Business impact

While the conversations happening on Clubhouse are helpful for our personal growth, it’s also a great place to do business. At any given moment, there are like-minded individuals on the platform. The app now gives us a chance to network, share expertise, combine knowledge, bounce ideas off one another, and so much more. Some of the best business ideas come from spit-balling thoughts or hearing someone else’s discussion – Clubhouse now gives us a way to do this in real-time.

Related: How Clubhouse Is Creating Unprecedented Opportunities and Access

In addition to giving us a way to brainstorm ideas, it also provides a way to learn more on a topic that’s essential to a business that isn’t a current area of expertise. For example, if you have a technical background, accounting or marketing may not be skillsets you’re particularly knowledgeable in. By listening in on a room specialized in a specific field (like Accounting.Club), it’ll be easier to pick up on the essentials and have a basic knowledge moving forward. It’s almost like learning a new language – Clubhouse provides a genuine, uncontrived space for immersing yourself in the industry in which you’d like to assimilate.

Societal impact

As a society, we’re craving a feeling of unity, transparency and privacy. We’ve seen the disenchantment with Facebook come about as privacy concerns and content from unverified sources continue to run rampant across the platform. Clubhouse is providing a way for us all to connect with like-minded individuals with expertise across a broad range of interests. Though we’re all still feeling the effects of isolation, communities now have more ways to connect in a safe manner.

Clubhouse also provides people another way to multitask. The key benefit to podcasts and audiobooks being read by our favorite entrepreneurs is that we’re able to soak in the while still being able to multitask around the house or in the office.

The platform currently has two million users and is valued at around $1 billion. We can see from Clubhouse’s fast growth that this social audio platform is serving a critical need that business owners needed to fill. At our core, we want to build community, educate ourselves, and create a product or service from our knowledge and experiences. Clubhouse is now a key player that we all need to keep our eyes (and ears) on.

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UPS launches its campaign to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses with a simplified rate plan and a personalized control panel for their shipments.


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Under the slogan “Let’s be unstoppable” UPS launched its campaign to support SMEs. Its objective is to support this sector in its economic recovery process through logistics solutions that allow them to simplify their administrative processes and support them to grow their business through exports.

And it is that for small and medium-sized companies, logistics can be a difficult issue when it comes to foreign trade, despite the fact that today a greater number of consumers can reach, especially through electronic commerce.

Only 5% of the micro, small and medium-sized companies that exist in Mexico export, UPS points out. Those who do so face customs and tariff procedures, among others, which are not always easy to deal with.

According to the Mexican Association of Online Sales (AMVO), 54% of SMEs seek to export through electronic commerce, but so far, only 3 out of 10 have achieved it. Therefore, it is necessary to facilitate and simplify the development of this sector.

“MSMEs customers need an easy rate structure, as well as technology that helps them have better control of their shipments and costs,” acknowledges UPS.

It is for this reason that the logistics company maintains its support program for SMEs that began last year. For those looking to expand internationally, UPS includes a discount of up to 55% for export shipments, registering on the program page.

There is also a simplified flat rate for domestic shipments, which includes the most common UPS accessories such as: pickup scheduling, extended area delivery charge, and residential delivery charge. This will simplify the decision process and cost selection for all those who want to undertake shipping their products within the country.


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The domestic rate also includes the UPS carbon neutral accessory, so that customers can help offset the carbon emissions associated with the transportation of their shipments and thus protect the environment.

Small businesses usually lack the resources and time necessary to venture into new technologies, so leveraging the value-added technology provided by their strategic allies is essential.

To help simplify business logistics processes, UPS also launched the new UPS My Choice® for Business technology tool, with which customers, through a personalized control panel, have access to monitoring and control functionalities, All in the same place; giving MSMEs a competitive advantage in electronic commerce and access to the international market.

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So you’re ready to expand your business, but where and how do you get started? Franchising is one of the fastest ways to grow, but it’s not for everyone.


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So you’re ready to expand your business, but where and how do you get started? Franchising is one of the fastest ways to grow, but it’s not for everyone. There are several questions you have to ask yourself concerning your finances, time commitment, goals, and more before diving in.

This is where franchising experts Rick Grossmann and Rob Gandley come in. With 30 years of franchising experience, Grossmann and Gandley know the ins and outs of turning a business into a franchise organization. To start, they know what factors you need to weigh before taking the leap.

In the first installment of our four-part Franchising Your Business webinar series, Jason Feifer, the editor in chief of Entrepreneur, will sit down with Grossmann and Gandley to discuss how you can determine if franchising is the best move for you.

During this webinar, they will

– Introduce the benefits of franchising

– Give you a glimpse of how running a franchise organization will change your business and life

– Teach you how to evaluate if you’re ready and equipped to franchise your business

– Explain the commitment you need to succeed

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About the Speakers

Rick Grossmann has been involved in the franchise industry since 1994. He franchised his first company and grew it to 49 location in 19 states during the mid to late 1990s. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and primary trainer focusing on franchise owner relations and creating tools and technologies to increase franchisee success.

Rick had the honor of working with his mentor, Erwin Keup, as a contributing Author for the 7th edition of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise Bible published by Entrepreneur Press. Mr. Grossmann has been chosen as the new Author of Franchise Bible and his 8th Edition was released worldwide in January of 2017. He currently serves as an executive coach and strategist for multiple franchise clients.”

Rob Gandley is currently Franchise Bible Coach’s lead Martech Consultant and Chief Digital Officer.  Prior to Franchise Bible Coach, Gandley was Partner and VP of Sales at SeoSamba, a digital marketing SaaS provider and agency.  During his time as VP of Sales, he oversaw the company’s expansion into the Franchise industry which doubled the company’s revenues in 4 years. In 2019 while at SeoSamba, Gandley launched two franchise marketing radio programs that bring the Franchise industry’s best entrepreneurs to a growing audience of business-minded professionals. Before SeoSamba Gandley built and managed one of the first on-demand lead generation platforms for the Franchise industry in 2004. The platform was responsible for the expansion of hundreds of franchise brands in the 2000s. 

He got started in his career working with information technology pioneers like AT&T, PSINet, and SunGard Data Systems where he served several early internet startups such as eBay and Match.com. Rob has a finance and marketing degree from Penn State. Outside of business, he enjoys the great outdoors of Colorado and spending time with his son and daughter in Colorado Springs.

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Despite being one of the segments hardest hit by the health crisis, the pandemic could be a catalyst for exponential progress for women. Join us to discover some strategies on March 17.


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In Mexico and around the world, women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although only 39% of global employment is occupied by women, they accounted for 54% of the losses, reveal data from McKinsey & Company.

The World Bank (WB) lists this as the worst recession since World War II. It also warns that around the world $ 172 trillion is being lost due to differences in lifetime earnings between women and men.

In these circumstances, the need to reduce the gender disparity becomes even more acute as a path to recovery is sought and the forecasts are not entirely Alaguen. According to the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2020 (MIWE), the COVID crisis could set back a generation of women in business.

Overrepresentation in the sectors most affected by the economic recession, the pronounced gender gap in the digital sphere in an increasingly virtual world, and the growing pressures of responsibilities that correspond to childcare are just some of the factors. that have left women in a particularly vulnerable situation.

The crisis as a catalyst

87% of business owners report negative effects on the health crisis, according to the Mastercard report. However, she warns that the pandemic could be a catalyst for exponential progress for women in business.

In the face of COVID-19, businesswomen have shown marked adaptability, despite the great existing obstacles. 42% have switched to a digital business model and 34% have identified new business opportunities since the pandemic, says the report that analyzed 58 world economies.

But it is not the only area that has opportunities. They are also there to correct inherent gender biases if decision makers support and drive gender-specific initiatives. The COVID-19 era empowers women in leadership roles and has highlighted the ability of women to lead in extraordinary circumstances. An example is Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Sunna Marin of Finland, who have presided over some of the most successful efforts to contain Covid-19 and instill order, security, confidence and calm.

MIWE 2020 also highlights the gender policies that have driven women’s business success. The case of Israel stands out, which tops the list as the best country for female entrepreneurs around the world.

In the case of Latin America, Colombia ranks 14th in the global ranking (RG), standing out as the best country for women entrepreneurs in the region, with a score of 66.31. This country has noticed a high movement in female entrepreneurship driven by need and a high representation of women business leaders reflected by 57%.

Chile occupies position 27 in the ranking, followed by Argentina, at 29; Brazil, in 32; and Mexico, in position 34, which precedes Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Peru, in positions 35, 36 and 39, respectively.


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Woman 4.0, forming alliances and leadership with a cause

In this context, seeking to inspire and foster further progress, Mastercard has been an advocate for women in business and has proven this by offering a variety of programs to support their advancement.

Join us to discover how to face the challenges of this new normal in the Women 4.0 panel, forming alliances and leadership with a cause. The event will take place virtually on March 17 at 5:00 pm through the Entrepreneur en Español networks.

They accompany us to the discussion table:

  • Silvina Moschini , CEO of SheWorks! and TransparentBusiness.
  • Marcela Carrasco , president of the Andean Division of Mastercard Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Claudia Corona , founder of Impronta Verde and Co-Leader of the Club 30%
  • Gabriela Lucke , director of the INCAE Women’s Leadership and Collaborative Center.

We are waiting for you next Wednesday, March 17 at 5:00 pm on the Entrepreneur in Spanish networks.

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Money doesn’t make you a more generous person or buy more happiness, according to researchers.


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Earning more money doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be more empathetic or considerate, a study published last week by the American Psychological Association (APA) notes. 

In a survey of more than 1.6 million people from 162 countries, researchers from Singapore and the U.S. concluded that, although those with higher incomes were likely to feel more confident and less timid than low-income earners, members of the former group weren’t exactly more loving.

“Having more money doesn’t necessarily make a person more compassionate and grateful, and greater wealth may not contribute to building a more caring and tolerant society,” lead researcher Eddie Tong, an associate professor of psychology at the National University of Singapore, told the APA. 

Related: 20 Secrets to Living a Happier Life

The report further reveals that high earners often had more positive “self-regard emotions,” such as pride and determination. Those with lower incomes, on other hand, experienced the exact opposite, with emotions ranging from sadness to shame.

In essence, having more money appears to have a positive impact on one’s “emotional well-being”  — as Tong pointed out — but there is no consistent link between income level and how people feel about each other. The professor also added that his team’s findings were correlational, making it difficult to prove whether higher income actually leads to positive emotions, or if there is simply a connection between them. 

“Policies aimed at raising the income of the average person and boosting the economy may contribute to emotional well-being for individuals,” he said. “However, it may not necessarily contribute to emotional experiences that are important for communal harmony.”

And despite the fact that there may be some truth behind money’s impact on happiness, at least one 2010 study from Princeton University asserts that more money doesn’t necessarily equate to more happiness — especially once you start making over $75,000. According to the report’s authors, having a high income might positively influence how you feel about your overall life trajectory, but it has little control over how you perceive your day-to-day.

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The Tesla mogul fell to third place in the billionaire rankings and is further and further away from Jeff Bezos.


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This was not a good day for Elon Musk , as he lost his position as the second richest person in the world . The Tesla CEO’s fortune posted losses of about $ 6.2 billion , dropping him to third in the Forbes billionaire rankings .

Musk’s losing streak began on Wednesday, as at the end of the day he had lost around 6.5 billion dollars . The mogul stayed at number three for several hours until this morning, when fluctuations in the stock market helped him recover and return to the position he held.

However, today’s session was not in its favor, as Tesla shares fell close to 5% . Now, your net worth is 150.900 million, while last February 17 was 191,000 billion.

Although this could be normal behavior for the stock market and it is very possible that it will rebound in the near future, for now he will have to give the crown to another billionaire.

Source: Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List

With Elon Musk fighting two consecutive days of losses, now the second richest person in the world is the Frenchman Bernard Arnault , owner of the conglomerate LVMH , with a fortune of 155.600 million dollars .

The LVMH group encompasses more than 70 luxury brands . These include Louis Vuitton , Christian Dior , Fendi , Givenchy , Marc Jacobs , Fenty Beauty , Bvlgari , Tiffany & Co. and Sephora.

Until last month, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos took turns ranking first and second on Forbes’ billionaires list. However, now the founder of Amazon surpasses the CEO of SpaceX by nearly $ 25 billion , as his current net worth is $ 175.4 billion .

Just 10 days ago, on February 24, Tesla fell 25% and Elon Musk lost more than $ 15 billion in a single day . At that time, the 49-year-old tycoon’s fortune was $ 166.1 billion .

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It is different to manage a team strategically constituted from the beginning to function remotely than to manage one that is forced to work this way due to the emergency.


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First of all, you have to know that it is different to manage a team strategically constituted from the beginning to function remotely than to manage one that due to the emergency is forced to work in this way. The points that we will take into account below are for this second way, that is, for teams that were not established to work remotely but that now have to start the path of the digital transformation of telework .

Technology

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Make sure your team has the necessary tools to perform adequately, that it has the appropriate software and hardware, in addition to training them if necessary in the new tools.

Organize your day

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Create a list of activities and prioritize. If it is the first time that you face this form of teleworking, it is possible that you are not used to this rhythm and independence of work, perhaps it is time for a small course in effective time management.

Communication

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In an organizational structure that now works remotely, effective communication is of utmost importance, that your boss knows what you are doing and that you know what the people in your charge are doing. Oara this there are three fundamental questions that will save you a lot of time: What is going well? What is going wrong? And what is being done to fix what is going wrong? This is all you need to know and make known. Also make sure that the whole team understands the objectives they have.

Trust

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In many companies it was customary to have a very close type of supervision of people, in this new way of working trust in the work of the parts of a remote team is essential, being a trustworthy person and trusting people will be core. Remember that it is not the hours, but the results that count.

Independence

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As leaders of remote teams, a problem-solving structure and independence should be created in team members. Give them the space and tools necessary so that they can work asynchronously.

Security

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That the members of your team have the necessary antivirus or VPN for more robust needs of privacy of corporate information, in addition to sensitizing team members regarding the protection of information and the use of secure passwords, especially if data is handled confidential clients.

Training

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Take into account that both you and the team members must renew and update knowledge to be able to use and make the most of remote work, and the way to do this is constant training so that teleworking is not a nightmare but an axis of growth both professional as well as company, in several of the previous points already mentioned, learning and teaching, acquiring and sharing knowledge will be a cornerstone of the proper functioning of the organization, training in physical tools or online platforms, time management, security information, effective means of contact for the various tasks that are both synchronous and asynchronous, conflict resolution and a long etcetera.

Remote work is not the future of work, it is now and we must prepare quickly to face new challenges.

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The same thing always happened to him: when he said no , a strange sense of guilt came over him. He was overwhelmed in real time and as he walked away he began to feel trapped in the complex whirlpool of his own regret. He could almost guess the gaze of his interlocutor as he turned his back on him: off, hurt, confused and paralyzed by the refusal he had just thrown at her.

Sometimes it happened at home, with family and friends. He felt guilty when his loved ones asked him for favors that for some reason he knew he could not fulfill. But mostly it happened to him at work. The improvised requests multiplied and since his superiors and colleagues knew that he would always say yes, they did not hesitate to seek him out. Reports, presentations, last minute meetings and bombings that multiplied as the day progressed.

All caused by his inability to say no.

The few times that he managed to do it, he ended up feeling so bad that he returned with regret to his interlocutor to tell him that he had thought well and that he could: yes he would attend, yes he would help, yes he would improvise.

He would pass them by in his car to make life easier for them. He would change the course of his day, his week, his month, his life. He would stray, stay up late, work the extra hours needed just to be able to say yes.

Because with an affirmation he fulfilled expectations and that made him feel momentarily at peace.

He did not, on the other hand, marginalize him, made him cruel and selfish.

The refusal made him guilty.

That’s why most of the time he said yes. And when he said no, in the end he regretted it.

THE OFFER AND THE AFFIRMATION

The day the CEO of the company called him into his office, he sensed what would happen. Times were violent in the company and every third Tuesday there was a restructuring. He was part of a project he loved: he was passionate about his job and although the pay was not enough, he knew he was happy.

His colleagues recognized his talent and so did the managers.

He closed the door and for five minutes he listened to what his director had to say to him. He must have been proud: he was being considered for promotion. In these times that could not be offered to anyone. There would be cuts in the next few weeks, but he could rest easy.

He would be promoted and receive a raise. Your decisions could have an even deeper impact on the organization. In addition, with the new position would come other privileges. But there was a price to pay: the promotion forced him to put aside some of the things he liked to do best. Now he would be in charge of supervising the work of others: he would be appointed director of an entire area.

I just had to say yes at the time.

The whisper of intuition was like a warning. From the depths of his being something asked him a no. It was as if his essence had always understood that this position did not belong to him, that the price to pay was too high, that he would exchange a job he loved for a more renowned position and a better salary. That yes, with everything and the economic improvement, took him away from what he wanted to do with his life.

He was silent for a moment, torn between his truth and someone else’s expectation of him. The idea of looking bad to the company that had given him everything and now offered him even more, silenced the warning that came from within.

As if accepting a sentence, he gave a yes for an answer.

THE ART OF LEARNING TO LIVE WITH NO

Years after that yes, he woke up one day wondering what would have happened if he had said no. It wasn’t regret: he had made a decision and understood that he had to live with it. But the doubt existed: what would become of him if instead of drowning her, he had let his inner voice speak?

Perhaps nothing would have been different. Perhaps he would be exactly where he was now.

Or perhaps saying no would have brought him closer to himself, to his truth, to everything that once, during a distant night of adolescent idealism, he had sworn to do.

Because now he realized that the yes, when it was not pronounced from the real center of oneself, deviated, changed directions and, little by little, oxidized.

The yes, which made him look good to others, took him away from his truth.

Confused by the harshness of his find, he tried to learn how to say no. Because it was never too late.

After reading, after studying, after reconsidering and understanding that he could not exist by denying everything and everyone, he tried to learn to live with the complex art of saying no.

The first thing he defined was that, in order to deny, he had to know exactly what his mission was. What did you want?

It needed a bright, clear beacon in the darkness of its horizon. Without a goal to achieve, how did you hope to one day get to the place where your destiny awaited you?

Knowing the place he intended to arrive, he could return to the path that would lead him to the center of himself, even if a thousand statements would divert him along the way.

Later he understood that the simple no, would never be enough. If you did not want to close doors, if you did not want to be perceived as someone selfish and individualistic, the refusal should always be accompanied by something else: a recommendation so that the person who made the request could begin to solve their problem. He was not obliged to give too many explanations, but that did not prevent him from being empathic with those who sought him out by offering him something or asking for his help.

He also learned that nothing forced him to say yes in real time. Any answer could wait. The inherited or perhaps learned urge to respond immediately, as if it were an oral exam in high school, had accompanied him for decades like a condemnation, amplified by the speed of response with which we live today (yes: social networks , emails, WhatsApp messages that our interlocutor knows we have received and read).

Today I understood that yes could wait as long as no.

He had the power to freeze them for as long as it took. The right to analyze and think before answering was on his side.

He concluded that, despite everything he had been told, well said he was not a positive word. An affirmation of what he was, what he believed, and what he dreamed of being.

Well used and understood, he was not an armor that protected his deepest longings and at the same time, the cornerstone to build his destiny, to find his truth along the way.

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