You have a project with a tight deadline, which is enough to stress over. But then you also have a cross-functional team of people from various departments who've never worked together before, and suddenly it's up to you to get them thinking and working together as an integrated unit.
So how do you get them to coordinate their efforts and work as a team?
We turned to the experts for tried-and-true advice — their collaboration hacks, if you will — and this is what they had to share...
Conflict is a reality of the working world. You deal with different people every day, people with varying perspectives, opinions, and convictions. When contrasting opinions and dynamic personalities collide, expect conflict and disagreements.
As with anything in a professional setting, a little politeness goes a long way to help diffuse the situation.
But you also need to realize that there are ways to approach a conflict that can still help you reach your desired outcome.
Whenever we talk with customers, there's a familiar refrain we keep hearing: "When are you going to come over and hold some Wrike training?" or "Why don't you host some sort of user conference?" We decided to put our project management skills to the test and do something about it.
Presenting: the Wrike Productivity Tour! This is a seven-stop roadshow where we bring Wrike to a city near you for a free, half-day event that promises to give you training as well as insight into the Wrike...
We blogged about habits recently: how examining your cemented routines and proceeding to shake things up if they don't make sense has a positive effect on your productivity, focus, and even creativity. It's important to occasionally reassess what we do on auto-pilot so that we trim the fat and keep only what is helpful.
Otherwise, we might end up with a tech addiction like Andrew Sullivan's, founder and writer of political blog The Dish (formerly The Daily Dish). He recently wrote a 6...
When we collaborate as a team, the sum is always greater than the individual parts taken alone. And it is this sort of collaboration that brings about category disrupting ideas and the type of fierce work hustle that leaves competitors in the dust. But in order to get to the productive collaboration that sets apart great companies from mediocre ones, you have to use the right tools. That's where this list comes in.
We talk a lot about collaboration on this blog: about strategies, tips,...
When I first broached this topic to coworkers, the reactions were strong.
"We complain about work because it's work!" said one.
"If it were fun, it wouldn't be work," said another.
"Work is the one one thing you can whine about at a family dinner," said a third. "Better than politics or religion, anyway."
Researchers say we complain approximately 15 to 30 times a day, which if you spread it equally between the (approximately) 16 hours of wakefulness we enjoy, means we complai...
There's a reason why dinosaurs are extinct. And while the exact theory pinpointing their demise is still being debated by scientists (crashed comets? climate change? mammals eating dino eggs?). The fact remains that they didn't survive with the times and simply died out.
Your workplace has similar dinosaurs. Those are the dated work tools or work processes that used to be able to handle the job but are no longer viable in this day and age of increased connection and collaboration....
What are the greatest hurdles you face when collaborating with people across your company?
HR consulting firm Robert Half International surveyed finance and accounting professionals about their challenges when collaborating with people in other departments. Not surprisingly, the responses (in the graphic below) include coping with different personalities, work stress, conflicting deadlines, and communication breakdowns — answers which are pretty much the same across the board.
Solving complex problems may be difficult — but it doesn't have to be excruciating. You just need the right frame of mind and a process for untangling the problem at hand.
Luckily for you, there are plenty of techniques available to solve whatever problems come at you in the workplace.
When faced with a doozy of a problem, where do you start? And what problem solving techniques can you use RIGHT NOW that can help you make good decisions?
Today's post will give you tips and tech...
How do you introduce your team to a new software such as Wrike and get them so invested that they take to it like a fish takes to water?
When introducing any new tool to your entire team, the objectives are pretty straightforward: clarify how the new software can improve work, give the team detailed instructions on the process. And if you can provide an easy-to-scan cheat sheet that tells them how to use the tool for their daily work while enumerating the main functionalities of the sof...