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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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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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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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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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How to Get Your Team to Work Together

By Elizabeth Paul on Nov 6, 2017 11:05:00 AM

We all know that people don’t always get along. It’s a fact of life. And if you have ever worked on a project or with a group of other people, you know that problems can arise because of it. But if you are the leader of team or group that doesn’t get along, is there anything you can do? Sure, you can encourage and promote teamwork, but unfortunately that message rarely gets through to the parties who cause the problem.

But all hope is not lost. There are plenty of methods and strategies that you can implement to ease the tension and get your team back on track, whether there are idea differences or personal differences. If you are struggling to get your team to work together, try these methods.

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Create an Effective Meeting Agenda

By Elizabeth Paul on Oct 4, 2017 11:52:00 AM

We’ve all been in meetings where we have to fight the urge to fall asleep when it becomes unproductive and unnecessarily long. They leave you questioning why you showed up and if you learned anything about the project, team, or whatever the meeting was about.

But if you didn’t learn anything else, you probably learned how not to run effective meetings. Namely, if people are tuned into their phones, not paying much attention, and dozing off, it’s probably time to change up the basics.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your SWOT Analysis

By Elizabeth Paul on Sep 28, 2017 3:52:00 PM

The world is full of uncertainties. From plane delays to sick days, you can never know exactly what will happen, and there are no exceptions for business and organizations.

If you are the leader of a team or organization, you know exactly how threatening it can be when dealing with the unknown. It is important that company leaders are prepared to handle unexpected situations, but how can you prepare yourself if you are unsure of what’s going to happen?

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3 Ways to Make Your Internship a Success

By Elizabeth Paul on Sep 19, 2017 12:29:00 PM

Internships are becoming ever-more important in the career-search, especially for college students and people entering new careers. For the intern, they provide on-the-job experience, an opportunity to explore different career paths, and network connections for future jobs. Even more, they may be the golden ticket for a job offer with the company or organization offering the internship.

But how do you ensure that you are getting the most out of your experience? And what can you do to make your internship a successful step in your career development? Here are three ways to make your internship worth more than taking coffee orders and copying papers.

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