Managing Remotely?

Working remotely has become the norm with obvious advantages in cost savings and productivity. Managing remotely also brings challenges. While it is easy to move information and analyze data from any location, the human element is different. Without “face time” one of the big risks is miscommunication. Some basic management skills can help improve performance.

Here is a proven method for your toolbox. The links of the performance chain can are useful for day to day management and problem solving.

Expectations– Are goals and deliverables crystal clear? Don’t assume. Feedback– Information which is specific, timely, and relevant. Not just an annual review. Resources– Time, tools, and staffing to do the job right. Skills/Knowledge– Is training needed? Managers often point to training as the solution to problems. However, if employees know how to do the job training may not be the answer to performance issues. Look to the other links of the chain. Capacity– Does the person have the physical and mental ability to do the job with training? If not, reassign or terminate, and screen new hires more carefully. Incentives– What rewards are most meaningful to the workforce? These include money, benefits, flex time, etc. and will vary for individuals. Incentives are external and provided by the company. Motivation– Internal and personal to each employee. Top performers are self motivated. For others the idea is to bring out their motivation through incentives, training, or simply clearer expectations and feedback.

New to management? The performance chain is a good starting place. Experienced manager? Old dogs can learn new tricks.

NLR? Not so fast

From BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) website….


Does my shipment require an export license? Maybe. A U.S. export license requirement from the Department of Commerce can be triggered by several important factors specific to your transaction: the actual item (commodity, software, or technology) that will be exported, where it is going, who is going to use it, and what they will be using it for. If any of these factors change in your transaction, the license requirements may change.

Customs Broker License Exam Information

The customs broker license examination (CBLE) is scheduled for October 8, 2020, as previously announced in the Federal Register notice (84 FR 71440) published on December 27, 2019.  CBP will administer two examination sessions: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, the times will be announced soon.  CBP’s highest priority is the health and safety of all test-takers and CBP personnel.  Information will be added concerning the CBLE as soon as possible, please regularly check this website for updates regarding the October 8, 2020 examination.  If you have questions please email Headquarters Broker Management Branch at

Updated: July 28, 2020

Next Exam

The CBLE registration is scheduled to open early on August 3, 2020 and will close on September 8, 2020. 

LinkedIn Comment

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BIS Webinar

The Bureau of Industry and Security is a good resource for export compliance information and training.

Complying with U.S. Export Controls Virtual Seminar September 9-10, 2020

September 9-10, 2020 Complying with U.S. Export Controls

This two-day virtual program is led by BIS’s professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; when you can export or reexport without applying for a license; export clearance procedures; and record keeping requirements.