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How To Run Better Remote Team Meetings + Free Notion Template

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Does COVID-19 have your team stuck working at home? Here’s our proven process on how to make sure your team stays productive even if everyone’s working from home.

First, let’s set the stage.

Well, technically you have to schedule the meeting first… Checkout Taggg for this if you have more than 2 people.

So, let’s assume this is done and you’re now running a remote team meeting for the first time with the entire team working from home. As a consequence, the tone of the call may be completely different than when everyone is in the office. People are distracted, there is a lot of repetitive questions and people were unhappy being at home. In the end you got less done. 

If this sounds familiar at all, then you must read on…

Executives need more productivity now more than ever. But the dynamics of WFH (Work-From-Home) with people who aren’t used to it, and who may be experiencing anxiety about COVID-19, are having the opposite effect. The good news is that we’ve been managing remote teams for years and have developed systems and tools to mitigate the drawbacks.

Common Remote Meeting Problems

  • Meeting productivity is low
  • Your team is distracted on calls
  • Agendas are hard to follow
  • Small and even big to-do tasks seem to get lost in space (or in Slack or Email)
  • There isn’t a clear next-step after the meeting
  • Accountability is muddled with no social cues
  • Many people HATE working from home and this clouds their minds
  • Having to make a lot of new decisions about new home routines detract from larger more important decisions (decision fatigue is a real thing)
  • Meetings tend to start and end late

You also might be playing a bit of Conference Call Bingo…

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Our Remote Meeting Solution

Our solution has been proven with our clients around the world, who have actually started conducting their own internal meetings this way.

The secret is a single dynamic page that solves all of your meeting problems!

How do we do this?

  • L10 style meetings, from Traction, provide built-in accountability
  • Using Notion opens up team collaboration

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What is an L10 Meeting?

The initial concept of L10 comes from Gino Wickman’s book, “Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business” and is a method of running a team meeting. There are several key components to this style of meeting:

  • There is one person designated to run the meeting, and that person doesn’t need to be the business leader. This frees management up from facilitation AND contribution
  • A personal connection is established upfront to allow more shy people to have a voice within the Segue section where everyone checks in with each other
  • Late or stuck tasks are handled immediately to provide concrete problem solving
  • The core of the meeting (IDS) allows for honest discussion
  • Newly generated tasks have accountability, meaning one person is assigned to it, and the due date is visible to everyone

Here is a quick video on the original L10 meeting. Keep in mind ours is a bit modified.

What is Notion? notion-logo

Notion is a powerful note-taking and collaboration tool that your entire team can access and update. At Inturact, we use Notion in two primary ways:

  1. To manage our Weekly Sync L10-style client calls
  2. To create a completely custom workspace for each client to store our most important notes and deliverables in one central location (See screenshot at bottom of the post)

Benefits of an L10 Style Remote Meeting Using Notion

Please note that this is a modified version of the original L10 based on our experience with client work:

  • Get more done in a shorter amount of time
  • Give team members clear next steps that drive you towards your strategic initiatives
  • Minimize distractions since the entire team needs to be logged into Notion in order to follow the agenda
  • Minimize any big or small items from slipping through the cracks

notion-logo  Get Our Free Weekly Sync L10 Meeting Template from Notion Here

Our Guidelines to Running a Weekly L10 Meeting using Notion

The objective of the meeting is to report on the status of the business or project, identify any issues, discuss and solve them (IDS), and keep the team accountable for ongoing tasks and actions. The agenda is as beautifully simple as it is strict:

  1. Segue (5 min)
  2. Scorecard review (when applicable – 5 min)
  3. To-do list review (5 min)
  4. IDS (The main portion of the meeting 40-50 min)
  5. Rate the meeting (2 min)

Segue


Start the meeting with everyone logging into Notion and a quick check-in from each participant. They can share 1 personal and/or professional update from their end to warm up the conversation and get everyone engaged.

To-do List Review and Task Accountability


You will normally end the previous meeting with multiple To-Do tasks, assigned to every member of the call. During the To-Do list review portion of the current meeting, you will review your ongoing tasks and pinpoint any tasks that are overdue/late. These are considered issues to be solved because there is obviously something causing a roadblock, prohibiting the task from being completed. You’ll make an IDS for each overdue task to figure out why they are stuck and how to proactively move them forward.

Late tasks become the team’s collective problem, so please keep track of what you’ve committed to. And you’ll get more done faster together.

IDS – Identify, Discuss & Solve Issues


1. Identify

Identifying the issue can be tough. You don’t want to just describe symptoms of a recurring problem. Be sure to ask yourself, is this the true issue or is the actual issue something under the surface that’s causing this symptom?

There are 3 kinds of issues to bring to the table:

  1. Problems – Problems to be solved with an action item
  2. Feedback – Items for feedback
  3. Information – Just an FYI or update

2. Discuss

Discussing can be difficult, as most people have an opinion and sometimes it’s hard to move to the solution stage. Defining discussion as ‘everyone has one chance to say what they think’ is a great way to keep the discussion open and focused.

Good discussions require everyone to be willing to air their thoughts and opinions honestly. There will be disagreements, but this is a good thing. The more views that can be aired, the more potential solutions will present themselves.

3. Solve

Solve happens once an issue has been discussed (not before; this is harder than it looks), and it is important to find the next appropriate action and who will be responsible. Sometimes, an issue won’t be solved, but the team needs to agree that it is not hugely impactful, and they are happy to ‘put up with it’. Other issues may require more research before determining an action, so the ‘research’ will become the To-Do for the next meeting.

Contributing to IDS


During the course of the week let your team know that you expect them to add IDS items for questions, concerns, roadblocks, or brainstorming topics.

Scores and Feedback


At the end of each meeting, rank the meeting from 1-10 honestly. This will help you to be more aligned as partners and to address any areas for improvement. The ranking is about the meeting itself, not its contents and should never be taken personally.

Any scores less than 7 require a brief explanation; often the < 7 scores helps bring up important topics for discussion later.

Other Key Factors for a Successful Meeting

Calling “Tangent Alert”


During the course of the meeting, you may get off track. In fact, you WILL get off track. It’s natural. When that happens, the first person to notice gets to call “Tangent Alert”. Often, the tangent has revealed another issue that needs discussion later and should be added as its own issue to chat about.

notion-logo  Get Our Free Weekly Sync L10 Meeting Template from Notion Here 

Want to Take Team Alignment Further?

At Inturact we work through something we call the SaaS Growth Framework to help give businesses the greatest chance of success by not skipping vital steps. 

We then make sure all the exercises within the framework are documented in a custom Notion workspace for each of our clients.

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If you’re interested in data-driven growth for your SaaS business and would like to hear, more let’s chat.

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Source: https://www.inturact.com/blog/how-to-run-remote-team-meetings

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Binance to cease these crypto-derivative offerings in Australia

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Once upon a time, regulators around the world weren’t confident about handling the crypto-ecosystem. This attitude, however, has changed of late thanks to the industry’s growth and the interest it has seen from traditional institutions and major investors.

The aforementioned change isn’t universal, alas, with some crypto-entities still coming under a lot of regulatory fire. Binance is a case in point. The platform has come under increased scrutiny from a growing number of regulators worldwide, including regulatory authorities from the U.K, the U.S, the Netherlands, and Canada.

Australia too has now been added to this ignominious list.

According to an official announcement made by the exchange, Binance will no longer offer Futures and Options trading in Australia. It read,

“As Binance constantly evaluates its product and service offerings to comply with local regulations, we will cease offering the following products to existing Australian users: Futures, Options, Leveraged Tokens”

Moreover, it revealed that ‘existing Australian users will have 90 days to reduce and close their positions for these products.’ Post 23 December, users will no longer be able to manually reduce their positions, and all remaining open positions will cease.

What does this mean for Binance and its executives?

Well, the aforementioned step is in alignment with its executives’ aim – To create a sustainable ecosystem around blockchain technology and digital assets. In fact, according to one of its executives,

“Binance welcomes developments to our industry’s regulatory framework as they pose opportunities for the market players to have greater collaboration with the regulators. We are committed to working constructively in policy-making that seeks to benefit every user.”

This move followed last month’s restrictions on Options, margin products, and leveraged tokens (New accounts were barred from engaging in).

And the “nightmare” continues… 

Binance took a similar hit in a different part of the world less than two weeks ago. It discontinued support for trading pairs in the Singapore dollar (SGD), again due to regulatory crackdown(s).
Binance found itself in troubled waters earlier this year, with regulators around the world zeroing in on the top exchange. The regulatory pressure forced the leading crypto-company to adopt a proactive approach to compliance. That being said, the jury is still out on whether these steps have been making any difference?
Moreover, US authorities are probing possible insider trading and market manipulation allegations involving Binance. The exchange, for its part, has denied these speculations. Binance has a “zero-tolerance policy for insider trading,” a statement said.
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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/binance-to-cease-crypto-derivative-offerings-in-australia

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Robinhood Testing New Cryptocurrency Wallet as Demand Rises

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The millennial-focused trading portal is edging closer to launching a long-awaited app that will enable its growing user-base to send and receive cryptocurrencies.

A beta version of Robinhood’s iPhone app showed the company’s latest upgrades on the new digital asset features, according to Bloomberg.

There is a hidden image showing a waiting list for users eager to get their hands on the app and code referring to crypto transfers, it added.

Delving Deeper into Crypto

Robinhood users can already buy and sell cryptocurrencies on the platform but they need to convert them to and from USD. With a native app, users will be able to send crypto assets to each other directly and set up two-factor authentication for additional security.

Robinhood Chief Executive Officer Vlad Tenev stated that adding crypto wallets is a priority for the company’s developers and they are actively working on such.


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“The ability to deposit and withdraw cryptocurrencies is tricky to do with scale, and we want to make sure it’s done correctly and properly.”

He did not specify a launch date, but the beta app leak suggests it is not too far away. Users of the new functions will need to activate crypto sending and receiving and the registration page will require an identity check, the report added.

On Sept. 11, CryptoPotato reported that Robinhood had launched incentives to promote longer-term cryptocurrency investing. The zero-fee recurring purchase feature enables users to schedule digital asset purchases for regular intervals with buys as low as a dollar.

This will encourage customers to build their cryptocurrency portfolios over time and “become a whole coiner,” stated Robinhood.

Robinhood Users Hungry For Crypto

Cryptocurrency trading has been one of the biggest drivers of revenue for Robinhood this year. Dogecoin has been the crown jewel, according to the company. It reported that 62% of its $233 million in second-quarter crypto income came from DOGE trading.

It added that more than half of all transaction-based revenue on the platform came from digital asset trading. The firm did warn that Q3 would not be as prosperous due to “seasonal headwinds and lower trading activity across the industry.”

Robinhood share prices have already fallen 43% since their all-time high of a little over $70 in early August. They are currently trading down 1.68% since Monday’s open at $40.70 according to Yahoo! Finance.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/robinhood-testing-new-cryptocurrency-wallet-as-demand-rises/

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Snoop Dogg Reveals His Connection With Twitter Account on NFTs

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Rate this post American rapper Snoop Dogg tweeted on Monday that he’s the owner of a Twitter account that talks about nonfungible tokens (NFTs). The account, named @CozomoMedici, shares “insights and tales from the wild world of NFTs” and has 27.7K followers at the moment. Snoop Dog Claims to Be Popular NFT Advocate on Twitter Snoop Dogg left the crypto community stunned this week after he revealed himself as the owner of a Twitter account dedicated to NFTs.  The account Cozomo de’ Medici, named after an Italian banker, is only a month old. However, it has already garnered attention from industry watchers and even a mention from crypto-focused news outlet The Block.   According to The Verge, the person behind the Medici account had been creating hype around their real identity for “at least a few days” and even conducted a poll for their followers to take a guess. The poll featured Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Matt Bellamy, the lead singer of the rock band Muse. Snoop, however, was not mentioned in the poll. On September 20, @CozomoMedici tweeted that they were about to reveal their identity from their account. Shortly after, Snoop Dogg tweeted “I am @CozomoMedici.”   Interestingly, after making this revelation, the Medici account bought two weed-themed collectibles from an artist named NyanDogg, The Verge reported. Additionally, Snoop’s alleged OpenSea account has been sent  “a cloud of blunt and Snoop-themed NFTs” following the reveal. Is Medici Account an Elaborate Prank? The Medici account could likely turn out to be an elaborate prank, one that Snoop might have engineered himself or just participated in. Many reactions to Medici’s reveal have also expressed skepticism about Snoop’s involvement. “I have a hard time accepting that this account is Snoop Dogg. Like seriously Snoop Dogg muted his live stream for a week (?) by accident. And he is that deep into NFTs out here owning crypto punks… Owning Eth using OpenSea. Would love that to be true but I can’t believe it,” Twitter user @Brandolf485 wrote in the comments. Nonetheless, the crypto community will have to continue looking for concrete proof till Snoop’s involvement with the account is confirmed. 

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American rapper Snoop Dogg tweeted on Monday that he’s the owner of a Twitter account that talks about nonfungible tokens (NFTs). The account, named @CozomoMedici, shares “insights and tales from the wild world of NFTs” and has 27.7K followers at the moment.

Snoop Dog Claims to Be Popular NFT Advocate on Twitter

Snoop Dogg left the crypto community stunned this week after he revealed himself as the owner of a Twitter account dedicated to NFTs. 

The account Cozomo de’ Medici, named after an Italian banker, is only a month old. However, it has already garnered attention from industry watchers and even a mention from crypto-focused news outlet The Block.  

According to The Verge, the person behind the Medici account had been creating hype around their real identity for “at least a few days” and even conducted a poll for their followers to take a guess. The poll featured Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Matt Bellamy, the lead singer of the rock band Muse. Snoop, however, was not mentioned in the poll.

On September 20, @CozomoMedici tweeted that they were about to reveal their identity from their account. Shortly after, Snoop Dogg tweeted “I am @CozomoMedici.”

Interestingly, after making this revelation, the Medici account bought two weed-themed collectibles from an artist named NyanDogg, The Verge reported. Additionally, Snoop’s alleged OpenSea account has been sent  “a cloud of blunt and Snoop-themed NFTs” following the reveal.

Is Medici Account an Elaborate Prank?

The Medici account could likely turn out to be an elaborate prank, one that Snoop might have engineered himself or just participated in. Many reactions to Medici’s reveal have also expressed skepticism about Snoop’s involvement.

“I have a hard time accepting that this account is Snoop Dogg. Like seriously Snoop Dogg muted his live stream for a week (?) by accident. And he is that deep into NFTs out here owning crypto punks… Owning Eth using OpenSea. Would love that to be true but I can’t believe it,” Twitter user @Brandolf485 wrote in the comments.

Nonetheless, the crypto community will have to continue looking for concrete proof till Snoop’s involvement with the account is confirmed. 

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Source: https://www.cryptoknowmics.com/news/snoop-dogg-reveals-his-connection-with-twitter-account-on-nfts/

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