All posts by Lionel Valdellon

3 Work Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Tools That Should Be Extinct
Monday, 20 March, 2017
Project Management

3 Work Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Tools That Should Be Extinct

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....
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How Two Customers Cultivate Cross-Departmental Collaboration
Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Collaboration

How Two Customers Cultivate Cross-Departmental 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. The...
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Problem Solving Techniques and Tips (That Actually Work)
Tuesday, 7 March, 2017
Productivity

Problem Solving Techniques and Tips (That Actually Work)

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...
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Customer's Adoption Tip: Customize Your Own Wrike Manual
Thursday, 2 March, 2017
Wrike Tips

Customer's Adoption Tip: Customize Your Own Wrike Manual

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...
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Leadership: The Keys to Instilling Autonomy, Mastery, & Purpose In Your Team
Monday, 27 February, 2017
Leadership

Leadership: The Keys to Instilling Autonomy, Mastery, & Purpose In Your Team

In 2012, a Georgetown University computer science assistant professor named Cal Newport published his third book, entitled So Good They Can't Ignore You, which offered a unique perspective regarding career advice. Newport argued that "follow your passion" is the worst career advice you can ever subscribe to. And yet, it's probably one of the most pervasive nuggets of job wisdom around. Even Steve Jobs was a believer: pic.twitter.com/7UcgOjOO6I— Shayan Feroz (@Shayanf110) Febr...
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Use Wrike More Productively With These 8 Tips & Tricks
Thursday, 16 February, 2017
Wrike Tips

Use Wrike More Productively With These 8 Tips & Tricks

"How do I activate those cool new features that I see in the tutorial videos?" "I wonder if there's a way to turn an existing task into a subtask?" "How do I search more productively in Wrike?" If you're new to Wrike, just getting your feet wet using the tool, and are wondering what productivity tricks there are in the software that can make you a more efficient worker, then this post is for you. We've collected 8 of the best tips and tricks (that you might not know about) so you can...
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Preparing to Take On a Business Process Management Software
Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
Project Management

Preparing to Take On a Business Process Management Software

Business process management (BPM) isn't new. It's been around in one form or another from the industrial age, when ideas about the division and specialization of labor were introduced by writers like Adam Smith and Frederick Winslow Taylor. Ever since 1913 when Henry Ford implemented the first moving assembly line and optimized the mass production of his automobiles from 12+ hours to only 2.5 hours, there's been a process-centric and customer-centric approach to improving business results. W...
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Overcoming the Top Challenges of IT Project Management
Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
Project Management

Overcoming the Top Challenges of IT Project Management

Any time your company is developing software, an app, a web-based platform, or deploying a new software system, it is doing the fantastic act of IT project management. What is an IT project, you ask? TechTarget defines IT projects as anything from software development to the installation of hardware systems, from upgrading networks to business analytics & data management projects. In a nutshell, IT project management is managing any project dealing with IT infrastructure, informatio...
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What Gilmore Girls Can Teach You About Project Stakeholder Management
Thursday, 12 January, 2017
Project Management

What Gilmore Girls Can Teach You About Project Stakeholder Management

If you've never heard of Gilmore Girls before, here's the 5-second intro. It's an American TV drama/comedy that started in 2000, lasted seven full seasons, generating 153 episodes, featuring strong female characters (girl power!), and creating stardom for its two main actors Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. In those seven seasons, the show became well-known for its "walk-and-talks" (scenes where characters exchange important dialogue while walking), the non-stop pop culture references, the...
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What to Look For in an Agency Management Software
Wednesday, 11 January, 2017
Marketing

What to Look For in an Agency Management Software

Whether you're in a marketing agency, advertising agency, or a boutique creative agency, you share the same need as these other groups to [1] collaborate quickly and [2] generate campaigns or creative assets that [3] clients must approve. It's all about speed of execution and efficiency of teamwork — all in the service of the customer. And in order to get things done, you must have the proper agency management software, ideally the best online tools that can bring efficiency to your agency...
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