Managing a project means relying on the strengths of each person on the team. To get the best results however, a manager needs to know that everyone is working together toward shared goals. With the right strategies, processes, and tools in place, you'll know you can count on your team to get the job done.
1. Establish a Vision of Effective Teamwork
Bringing a team together starts with a solid understanding of what you're trying to accomplish and what it's going to take to get there....
What makes a team perform well together? This is a question that thought leaders and psychologists have been trying to figure out for some time. And in order to make sense of it all, they've proposed various models of team effectiveness with each model having its own strengths and weaknesses. Some models focus on how a team is structured and how communication happens, while other models focus more on the talent that individuals bring to the plate, or the company culture that they find them...
Over the last year, the number of IT tools and apps used at work has increased for nearly half of people working in offices across the UK, and the majority now juggle between three and six different types of desktop software, web applications, and mobile apps. This trend among UK workers however, falls well short of that seen among its Continental neighbours France and Germany, where adoption of digital tools has grown much more substantially.
According to the Wrike Digital Work Report 20...
Ever been to a bad office holiday party? A white elephant gift exchange comprised of whatever people could find in the back corner of a desk drawer, some stale cookies and cheap wine in a conference room, and the Chipmunks chirping carols in the background as people chit chat about holiday plans. You may think that any party is better than no party at all—but a sad, soulless office party can backfire in a big way, making your team feel unappreciated.
The good news is, you don’t need a h...
You commented, and we noticed! Over the past couple of weeks, we've posted photos of awkward collaboration moments on social media and asked you to fill in the captions. We went through all the submissions and selected the funniest, most outlandish, and cleverest captions for each photo. Congrats to all the winners!
"Hello there, I'm looking for... Curious George."
Winner: @L10fitness (Instagram)
"Today at the office, we're discussing...
It's my favorite time of year. Cold weather, hot beverages, and good food... lots and lots of good food.
But let's not forget about the most important part of the holiday season: giving thanks. During a time where the end of the year is fast approaching, people rush to get projects completed, and plans for next year have already begun, it's important to take a step back and show appreciation for your team. After all, they're the reason you're getting that fancy Christmas bonus....
“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” —Walt Disney
Does brainstorming ever feel like a total waste of time? You feel it's necessary to get your team's input on a topic, but the session usually just turns into a few people bickering, and the other participants saying nothing at all. This is a classic case of brainstorming gone wrong.
Many people forget the key to brainstorming is quantity, not quali...
As a manager, it's your worst nightmare. Your team is unmotivated. They're not communicating. They're divided and not getting along. You've tried having meetings upon meetings to encourage productivity and collaboration, but your team isn't having it.
It's time to make some changes. Improving team performance requires commitment, conviction, and leadership from you and the rest of your team. The first step to change is researching qualities of high performing teams. What are t...