Michael Reynolds Blog

My 3 Words for 2016

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Mon, Jan 04, 2016 @ 02:21 PM

I’m a big believer in goals. However, I hate the typical New Year’s resolution style goals like “lose 20 pounds” or “go to the gym every day.” Those don’t really work for me.

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Tags: life

Why You Don't Need to Work So Hard On Your Company Culture

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 09:36 AM

I know a lot of companies that are very proud of their culture. They talk about perks like “beer Fridays” and fun company events that get everyone together for fun and camaraderie. From the outside, these perks can seem like great ways to keep team members happy and make your company a fun place to work.

In many cases, this does have the desired effect. There are plenty of companies that use food, events and other structured perks to create a great company culture.

Too often, however, I see these things overshadow the perks that team members actually want and in some cases, they can actually damage your company culture.

Structured events and pressure to conform to cultural expectations can sometimes have an effect that is opposite of what is intended. Too often I see organizations take a “top down” cultural approach rather than a “grassroots” approach. I can’t really blame them. After all, how many times have we been told that we have to intentionally create company culture (hint: a lot)?

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Tags: company culture

My 3 Words for 2015

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 01:52 PM

I'm not a fan of News Year's Resolutions. They seem like the worst possible way to set goals. It's an artificial, high-pressure way to set yourself up to fail.

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Tags: productivity life

4 words we need to eliminate from our vocabularies today

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

There is a phrase that I see sometimes that really gets under my skin. I’ve been guilty of saying this at times, too so I’m not blameless.

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Tags: rant life

Gold nuggets from #Inbound14

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

This week is the Inbound Conference hosted by HubSpot and a few members of the SpinWeb team are here to learn from the best and engage in professional development to help our clients and our team.

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Tags: inbound conference

Please stop over-analyzing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Sun, Aug 24, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

Look, we need to stop over-analyzing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Tags: rant social media non-profit

Why Google+ is my new favorite social network

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

"Google+" is a ghost town!"

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Tags: social media career networking technology Google+

How to be a better business email user

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Mon, Jul 07, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Email has been around for a gazilion years and almost everyone in the business world uses it on a daily basis.

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Tags: business etiquette productivity technology

Your admin assistant is not your marketing director part 2: a story "from the trenches"

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

You may recall my last post titled "Your admin assistant (or other non-marketing trained employee) is not your marketing director." Since publishing that, I've gotten some really great responses from people who have seen or been in situations like this and have thanked be for bringing this issue into the light.

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Tags: company culture productivity rant career

Your admin assistant (or other non-marketing trained employee) is not your marketing director

Posted by Michael Reynolds on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Ok, I can’t take it anymore.

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Tags: company culture productivity rant career