Productivity Secrets of Top Women CEOs
Huddle UpBe AvailableClose the Door (Sometimes)Grab the Fire HoseDon't MicromanageGet in a GrooveBe Anti-Social (Media)Set the StageDelegate, Delegate, DelegatePlay Games
What with social media, remote employees, and work/life balance challenges, staying productive at the office isn't easy. From quick morning huddles to social media diets, the top women CEOs on this year's Inc. 5000 list offer tips for keeping themselves and their staffs focused on growth. --Jana Kasperkevic
Three-Year Growth: 6,553.7%
2012 Revenue: $30 million
"Start the day with quick, 15-minute huddles, first with your C-level executives and then with your leadership team. They should serve as a forum for each member to run through obstacles they are facing. Then, use the brain power in the room to remove them quickly. Don’t forget to celebrate successes, too."
--Tiffany Crenshaw, CEO
Three-Year Growth: 6,392.4%
2012 Revenue: $10.1 million
"Reach out to your employees. If they see you as an approachable boss, rather than a distant figure, they'll feel encouraged to go the extra mile to drive your company's success." --Nayereh Rassoulpour, CEO
Three-Year Growth: 5,328.3%
2012 Revenue: $29.3 million
"We have 'closed door time,' during which everyone shuts his or her office door for a certain time period each day. We find that when employees have an expectation of not being able to disturb or be disturbed by others at set times of the day, they work harder to figure out things on their own and they are far more productive."
--Chris Green, CEO
Three-Year Growth: 5,151.5%
2012 Revenue: $9.4 million
"Resolve problems--both big and small--right away. Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed by issues with employees or clients that are not fully resolved and are starting to pile-up. Resolve everything in the moment and move forward. Not sure if things are resolved? Just ask." --Sophia Parker, CEO
Three-Year Growth: 2,831.6%
2012 Revenue: $5.2 million
"Set your employees free. I don’t intend (or have the time) to micromanage my team. If we set goals and everyone meets them, let them be free. Meet regularly to discuss issues, concerns, and challenges, but if someone wants to work at from time to time, I am okay with it as long as they're delivering." --Susheel Bathla, CEO
Advice Interactive Group
Three-Year Growth: 2,807.9%
2012 Revenue: $3.2 million
"I know how important it is for my children to have structure. Routines and structure are important for my own life, too. Following strict daily routines--getting up, exercising, starting my work day, and even relaxing at the same times each day--allows me to identify make the most out of my peak productivity time."
--Bernadette Coleman, CEO
Three-Year Growth: 2,741.1%
2012 Revenue: $10.7 million
"Social media is a great way to stay engaged, but it's also a great way to not get other things done. I'm now trying to set limits for my social media use, setting specific times of the day to check updates. By scheduling social time, you’re actively managing your online life, not compulsively checking in on auto pilot."
--Rachel Everett, CEO
Three-Year Growth: 2,684.7%
2012 Revenue: $3.1 million
"In addition to fostering a vibrant and positive workplace culture, it's important to create a comfortable and positive physical environment. Everything in the office, from lighting to acoustics to coffee, impacts productivity. Find out what your team values and make the right investments to drive productivity."
--Laura Hutchings, CEO
1st American Systems and Services
Three-Year Growth: 2,492.3%
2012 Revenue: $2.6 million
"I am a type-A personality. I used to think, 'If I don't do it, it won't get done right.' I have realized that I cannot do everything. Hiring the right person for the job and then delegating is a better approach to getting more done."
--Alpa Shah, CEO
Alternative Technology Solutions
Three-Year Growth: 2,407.1%
2012 Revenue: $8.8 million
"The younger generation of workers is very game oriented. They want to be challenged and be part of a community. Our employees can earn points for going above and beyond their job description. The system is not based on money, but on recognition. I challenge myself to be as competitive as my employees."
--Vivian Keena, CEO