by Katy Beloof on March 12, 2018
Is organizational complexity making it difficult for your teams to successfully accomplish projects on time and within budget? Multiple communication channels combined with cross-functional teamwork can cloud accountability and muddle decision-making authority, resulting in a lack of employee ownership in a project or process.
One solution to this lack of ownership and its effect on performance is “clear pressure”, a form of peer pressure based on the idea of giving employees real-time visibility into the progress of everyone’s work, so they can hold each other — and themselves — to a higher standard. But are the tools that provide visibility enough to create a culture of clear pressure? Or do leaders need to think more broadly about a solution?
by Katy Beloof on February 23, 2018
How many times have you walked out of a meeting and realized that no decisions were made, no action steps planned, and really, nothing was accomplished? While meetings are essential for collaboration and making critical decisions quickly, many meetings are unproductive debates or status updates that don’t achieve anything.
Before you schedule your next meeting, ask these five questions to ensure you’re using meetings the right way.
Can You Spot the Spoofing?
by Ignacio Martinez on March 1, 2018
In a previous post, I talked about email phishing — a scheme used by hackers to try to gain access to your sensitive information, by imitating or impersonating a legitimate organization. With phishing, the bad actor convinces you to key in your sensitive information which they then collect for misuse.
There is also a separate scheme known as spoofing, where the hackers create a nearly pixel-perfect message that tries to convince you to click on a button or download an attachment that actually contains a malicious payload.
While one scheme tries to “pull” information and the other attempts to deliver malicious software, both can be deployed and delivered in similar looking email messages. Although the messages can look convincing, there are ways to spot them. Today I want to take a look at some quick ways to see if a suspect message is legitimate or not.
Smartsheet will never email you to request sensitive data, such as passwords, credit card details, and social security numbers. However, malicious actors may use a very convincing email leading you to what appears to be a a Smartsheet login page or authentication page to entice you to either enter your credentials or to download malicious software to your system.
Our security team works continuously to evolve our automated detection and prevention processes, and we act immediately when alerted to suspected phishing or spoofing attacks to shut them down. Unfortunately, bad actors are continuously evolving their tactics, so we want to make sure that you have some tools to detect phishing or spoofing and avoid becoming a victim of such an attack.
by Katy Beloof on February 20, 2018
In order to stay competitive, business leaders must find new ways to make better decisions faster. A critical part of this is establishing visibility, or making sure the right people have access to the right information at the right time — in real time.
Businesses leaders need a way to free up employees to move swiftly and empower them with the information they need to execute. Leaders also need a way to see how day-to-day work is progressing, to keep their teams on track. At the same time, they need to ensure that high-level information is accurately and promptly communicated to the C-Suite, so they can more quickly make the critical decisions needed to move the business forward.
With these challenges in mind, here’s a look at the three layers of visibility organizations need to make better decisions faster, execute more quickly on new initiatives, and ultimately thrive in today’s competitive market.
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