11.12
2018

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas From Actsoft

Perhaps one of the best things about working for Actsoft is the positive work environment that’s been established here. We take pride in helping to ensure that all of our employees get the most out of their jobs, and strive to create a family-oriented culture at our office that empowers everyone. With that being said, there’s no better time of year for us to build and grow as a team than around the holiday season.

Whether it’s due to the crisp winter air, the sparkling radiance of Christmas lights, or the fresh scents of pine wafting through the city streets, it’s safe to say that the holidays are one of our favorite times on the entire calendar. This past week was our organization’s sales week, company meeting, and Christmas party, three events that always hold great significance for our team. With our remote employees being flown in from all over the United States for these annual events, everyone at our organization is always given the chance to reconnect, celebrate accomplishments, and set goals for the future at them. After last week concluded, our company came back to the office this week with a stronger, more unified vision of how to better serve you.

As we move into 2019, we plan to continue improving our solutions and customer experiences in new ways, so that your company can benefit even more. Actsoft remains committed to helping your business find true efficiency, optimization, and all the tools it needs to stay an industry leader throughout the holidays and beyond. So here’s to the success of your company, as 2018 comes to an end and the new year begins to roll in.

Happy holidays and merry Christmas from us at Actsoft, and may your organization’s season be filled with success.

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07.12
2018

Office Holiday Party Etiquette 101

The year’s end is nigh, and you know what that means, right? Of course, there are last-minute year-end goals, checking the numbers, meeting quotas, and all the stuff that matters the most when it comes to running a successful business. But there’s one particular event that everyone, no matter what position you’re in, looks forward to the most.

The company holiday party!

But when it comes to whooping it up at the year-end shindig, there is — or rather, there should be — a limitation to the amount of said whooping. You may be celebrating off hours, but at the end of the day, you are still at a work function. That being said, we wanted to present a few simple rules that everyone should keep in mind during the holiday season.

What (Not) to Wear
The office holiday party is the perfect excuse for you to get all gussied up in your Sunday best. Even if you work in the most casual office in the country, leave the t-shirt and jeans at home and pull out all the stops. You’ll make a memorable statement and a lasting impression … plus it’s just fun to dress to the nines every now and then.

Be a Social Butterfly
Do you find yourself working with the same small group of people and therefore always socializing with them? Try to branch out and mingle with colleagues from other departments. You’re all integral parts of a well-oiled machine, helping to keep the company running. Get to know each other a little better. This type of interpersonal communication can really help develop better interactions in a professional setting down the road.

Eat, Drink, and Be … Wary
More often than not, libations will be flowing at your company party. Whether there are simply glasses of wine circulating or a full bar scenario, be sure to know your limit. The idea is to have a good time, and that likely doesn’t include saying (or doing) something you’ll later regret. You may not remember it, but everyone else will.

Mind Your Conversations
In the same vein as the previous, don’t forget that, while everyone here may be cutting loose, it’s still a work event. Avoid uncomfortable/wholly unprofessional topics of conversation and think twice about overly negative comments. When in doubt, rely on the same style banter you would while on the clock.

Choose Guests Wisely
You know your friends better than anyone else at the party. If you’re lucky enough to be able to bring a plus-one, make sure you know them well enough to know how they’ll behave. Whether or not you think it’s fair, their actions at the party directly reflect on you. Bring someone you’d feel comfortable leaving on their own for a few minutes if you have to excuse yourself at any point.

Salutations
You wouldn’t go to a party at a friend’s house without talking to your friend at some point, right? Just the same, take a few minutes to say hello to, and thank, the host of your holiday party: most likely the company’s owner. It’s another way to make a good impression and to just really show some genuine appreciation for them being gracious enough to put together a fun end-of-year gathering.

These aren’t tough — or even stringent — rules to follow, but they help to make sure everyone enjoys their holiday celebration, while still being able to look forward to a pleasant Monday morning at the office.

Happy holidays from Actsoft!

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05.12
2018

Martial Arts and Management

The martial arts of East Asia have long fascinated people in the West. The proliferation of martial arts through the film industry only served to boost the aforementioned fascination: Images of ninjas; Shaolin monks; and the late, great Bruce Lee performing gravity-defying kicks have captured the hearts of audiences for decades. These techniques, however, were not acquired overnight and only through the basic foundations of control, training, self-discipline, and continuous learning were they mastered. These fundamentals not only lend themselves to mastering forms of combat, but also to mastering management processes and dominating your market.

Control
Martial arts differentiates itself from the casual street fighting with its emphasis on control. This is what defines it as an art form; reckless punches and kicks are replaced with precise forms. Three core aspects compose the foundation of a martial art’s control:

  • Concerted actions
  • Think before acting
  • Environmental awareness

Applying these core aspects to your business can generate positive results. Making controlled decisions in the business world is the only method by which you can effectively allocate resources and personnel. A wild decision is a gamble and, while gambling is both exhilarating and can carry the potential for a high reward, the result of a bad gamble could be fatal to your business. Taking time to contemplate your decisions before acting on them reinforces the aspect of making controlled movements. Patience can go a long way in the business world, especially when you have yet to become aware of your environment. Understanding how your environment is set up and how it changes is a crucial key to victory. The market your business occupies is your environment and, in order to dominate, you must know how it moves in the present and how it could potentially move in the future.

Training and Self-Discipline
Like any other art form, martial arts require practice and conditioning. The mastery of the various katas, or forms, necessitates repetition until the movements are intuitive. Forms are learned slowly and in small segments, which are then strung together until the practitioner appears to be performing a long dance.

  • Smaller goals lead to bigger targets
  • Repetition leads to perfection

Your business must function in the same way in order to establish and maintain a presence in your market. Whatever your product may be, you must set small benchmarks for your team to reach. For instance, the first benchmark could be closing five sales. Once those sales are closed, you can add on five more for the second benchmark or even increase it to ten more. If you only close two of those sales, you must analyze what differed between the two sales and the three that did not close. Repeat the process until you reach your benchmark and then press forward. Domination of your market is not an overnight process. Like learning and mastering the steps of a kata, it requires time and dedication to perfect your form until that which was once difficult becomes easy.

Continuous Learning
When studying martial arts, practitioners operate under the guidance of senior students or a master. Under their tutelage, the practitioner learns their forms, step-by-step, until they reach the level of mastery. While they may have “mastered” their specific form of combat, there still exists myriad other forms they can explore in order to become a “complete fighter.”

  • Utilize your resources
  • Remain open to learning

When managing your business, you may believe you do not have anyone to offer guidance through the process. Sitting at the head of a company can feel like being lost in the wilderness without any direction. However, there exists guidance from other entrepreneurs within your field in the form of books, seminars, and more. Utilizing these resources provides a compass to help circumvent the common obstacles of management.

Upon reaching success, you may feel that you mastered your craft; you are the quintessential businessperson, a sage of the sales world who can learn nothing else. It is when that thought occurs that your business begins its demise. There is always room for improvement within some aspect of your company. There are always new processes and new technologies that you can implement into your operating processes. Lastly, there is always a bigger market to expand into with new challenges and new benchmarks to reach.

Seemingly unrelated, the world of business management and the realm of martial arts have greater similarities when given a deeper examination. The application of controlled, precise actions at the most opportune time is the vehicle to success in both fields. Trial-and-error and the constant tweaking of processes run through the veins of both disciplines, while the ability to constantly learn and improve create the room for expansion in both fields. Never be rigid to the point that you cannot adapt. In the words of the late Bruce Lee: “… be formless … shapeless … like water …now, water can flow or creep or drip or crash! Be water, my friend.”

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06.11
2018

Actsoft’s Dream Achievers Program Helps Individuals Succeed

Employees at Actsoft are given the unique privilege to join Dream Achievers, a program that allows them to regularly consult professional life coach Jerry Campbell on any important goals they might have.

The topics of an individual’s goals can vary. In the past, some have included saving to take an international vacation, purchasing a home, learning a new skill, getting into a solid exercise routine, working toward a promotion, or even writing a novel. Whatever the objective is, Campbell is willing to offer up his wealth of experience in budgeting and planning to help our staff members’ dreams become reality.

“The purpose of the Dream Achievers program is really to offer more to Actsoft’s employees than just a job,” Campbell says. “It’s about enjoying their job, enjoying their life, pursuing the things that they want to do, and that they love to do, because that ripples out to their family, their friends, and the other employees.”

Having been with the company for three years, Campbell has chosen to slightly modify the program from its original version, which followed a strict workbook approach to dream planning and accomplishment. Now that it’s been rebranded as Dream Achievers, he’s morphed it into a less rigid format, one where members can now feel more empowered to discuss whatever they want or feel the need to talk about in order to keep moving toward their goals.

“It’s about intentionally pursuing something that you want to go after, and so that’s what the Dream Achievers program offers. It’s the chance to come in, talk about your dreams, and what’s exciting to you,” Campbell says. “Let’s lay out a plan, and let’s be intentional about getting there.”

In addition to helping employees get the most out of their working life, the Dream Achievers program has also helped foster a positive family culture at Actsoft. People holding similar goals and dreams may use it to network with others for support, something that Campbell hopes to see more of in the future.

“What do you hope for? Let’s go after it, and let’s help everyone else in the company do the same thing. As that happens, hope builds, and people get excited, and you can see all the dreams that are being accomplished.”

Dream Achievers is proof that Actsoft is more than just a leader in mobile resource management software. We’re a workplace where phenomenal opportunities are readily available for individuals to take advantage of, helping them grow both professionally and personally.

“[The program is] about helping the person become fulfilled and happy in their job, and then the people around them doing the same thing,” Campbell says. “This is a place of hope, not just work.”

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02.11
2018

Celebrating Halloween 2018 at Actsoft

Here at Actsoft’s home office, the end of the year — the holiday season, specifically — is what we look forward to most. In particular, because we love that it’s kicked off with one of our favorite holidays: Halloween. Each year, departments throughout the company give their all, decking out their work areas and transforming them into a mix of fun and spooky landscapes.

We live by the mantra: Work hard, play hard. So in addition to working tirelessly to provide you with the best mobile management solutions, we also put the same effort into our celebrations. This year was no different. So we thought we’d share a few photos from our spooktacular day, which included appearances by the cast of Space Jam, students of Hogwarts, the many faces of Will Ferrell, Moana, Mary Poppins, Venom, and so many more.

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