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The Four Stages of Team Development

By Elizabeth Paul on Aug 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM

 
If you've ever been on a team, you know there are good times and bad, highs and lows, ups and downs. But you might not have known exactly what they mean or why they happen. Group researcher Bruce Tuckman, defines these different stages of group development as Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. Being able to recognize your team’s current stage will allow you to understand what is going on and know how to take them to the next stage. Here’s a breakdown of each stage and what to expect.

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16 Signs You May Be a Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss ... And How to Fix Them

By Andy Kistler on Jul 19, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Most everyone has a story about a bad boss. Someone who yelled, under-communicated or micromanaged. However, have you ever considered that, somewhere in your career, the tables may have turned? What if you are the boss that your team complains about around the dinner table? Here are signs you may be the nightmare boss, and how to fix it.

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360 Degree Feedback: Benefits & Best Practices

By Brian Griffith on Jun 26, 2018 12:38:00 PM

 

Leadership development is one of the most important investments that organizations can make. The best companies know that attracting and retaining top talent is only half the battle. Developing leaders by preparing them for future responsibilities is the best way to insure future success. One of the most successful ways businesses can develop future leaders is through a simple, but powerful tool - 360 degree feedback.

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5 Skills All Professionals Should Master

By Elizabeth Paul on May 15, 2018 8:30:00 AM

To succeed in your field or industry, you need to develop a specific set of skills, knowledge, and experiences. When you go through training and education, you learn what’s necessary to be qualified for your own field.

But despite the ever-growing presence of specialization in the workforce, there are certain universal skills that all professionals should have. Some skills are vital for every field, position, and career. Typically, these kinds of universal skills aren’t covered in your specialized education and training. You are usually expected to develop these skills and learn to apply them to your field on your own.

Here are five skills that all professionals should have in every career and field. When you learn how to apply these skills to your job, you’ll find yourself growing in your career.

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How to Make a Better, More Persuasive Presentation

By Elizabeth Paul on Mar 28, 2018 9:19:00 AM

 
If you’ve ever given a presentation, you know how difficult it can be to create the perfect one. You need clear and creative ideas to capture the attention of your audience, all while practicing what you will say and hoping that you don’t forget it when the important time comes.
 
But it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Incorporate these five strategies into your next presentation to take it to the next level and make it a little easier to craft.

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Creativity and the Power of Divergent Thinking

By Brian Griffith on Mar 6, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Creativity can be difficult to define and even more difficult to facilitate. In her book, Making the Team: A Guide For Managers, Leigh Thompson states that “Team creativity is the Holy Grail of teamwork: Everyone wants it, but very few people know where to look for it or how to set up the conditions to make it happen." Here's how you do it.

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4 Best Apps for Online Team Communication

By Elizabeth Paul on Feb 22, 2018 12:21:00 PM

Effective communication within a team does not always come easy. Individuals have different priorities, communication styles, and commitment levels. It’s hard to bring everyone together and get them on the same page, and with emails, schedules, and documents to balance, simplifying communication might seem impossible. But there is hope.

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10 Ways to Manage Your Time

By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 25, 2018 8:49:00 AM

 
In a world of never-ending to-do lists, time management is more important than ever. But it’s not always the easiest to achieve. Here are ten tips to improve your time-management skills and finish your items on time.

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How 360 degree assessments can fit into your HR strategy

By Andy Kistler on Dec 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Human Resources used to be very simple. Hire employees. Train them. Make sure they get paid. Keep track of vacation. Around the time of World War I, the HR function was known as “personnel management.” The function was largely task-focused, centered on training workers and efficiently solving wage and working condition issues.Over time, research consistently showed that non-financial incentives were essential components of work. Managers began to realize that they needed to devote resources to their employees past task training and basic administrative duties.

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Keep Your Team Organized with These Simple Tools

By Elizabeth Paul on Dec 5, 2017 2:15:00 PM

Teamwork is a part of nearly every job. Chances are that wherever you work, you will have to work with other members to solve a problem or complete a project. And if you have ever worked on a team, you know that they aren’t always the most organized.

Unorganized teams can cause large problems for organizations and communities. Teams can miss deadlines, forget assignments, or create problems for a project if they are not carefully organized and prepared. But regardless of if you are leading the team or not, there are steps you can take to ensure that your team is organized and working efficiently and effectively. Here are a few ways to get your team started.

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