How to Create a Company Culture with a Virtual Team – with Jess Ostroff

How to Create a Company Culture with a Virtual Team - with Jess Ostroff

In this episode Jess Ostroff shares what she learned as an assistant that helped her become a CEO and how to scale your business with a virtual team.

Jess ​is the ​Founder ​and CEO ​of Don’t Panic Management. Her company provides virtual assistants ​for professionals and companies desperate for help but not necessarily in a position to hire full-time, on-site staff.

Episode Highlights

• 2:31 – How the idea for Don’t Panic Management was born
•7:58 – The mindset shift Jess had to undergo to go from helping others to succeed to running her own production
•13:10 – How to create a productive workforce and scale your business with a virtual team
•14:05 – The definitive guide to hiring a VA (and why your VA having a hobby is important)
•15:30 – How to create company culture with a virtual team
•18:30 – Key lessons Jess learned as an assistant that helped her as a CEO
•22:10 – Jess shares her top delegation tips (her acclaimed 3 lists to freedom)
•36:50 – Some of the gnarliest challenges Jess’s team has faced and what she learned

1. Favorite book for women?

2. Favorite self-care hack?

  • Getting outside and going for walk. “We’re sometimes so busy that we get stuck in our own bubble going for a walk is invigorating and makes me feel so alive.”

3. Best piece of advice and who gave it to you?

  • “If you can make sure that every decision you make is propelling you forward, then you know it’s the right decision.” – her friend Greg

4. Female CEO or thought leader you’re into right now?

  • Gloria Steinem, “She’s seen a lot that has happened around the world, particularly with women, and has put it in perspective.”

5. One piece of advice you’d give your 5 years younger self?

  • “Don’t panic and just let things happen”

Resources and People Mentioned

• Jess Ostroff’s website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Sococo – online virtual office
Chris Ducker – personal brand consultant
Clara Labs – a virtual employee that helps you schedule meetings

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