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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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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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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5 Ways to Be a Better Project Manager

By Elizabeth Paul on Aug 30, 2017 11:15:00 AM

When you are managing a big project, your nice, clean desktop is replaced with an overwhelming amount of sticky notes, reminders, and spilled coffee. Balancing everything that goes into a project is tricky, so it’s helpful to have some tips and tricks in your pocket to help you out along the way (and get rid of all those extra sticky notes).
Here are five ways to be a better project manager.

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Motivate Your Team During Long-Term Projects

By Elizabeth Paul on Aug 4, 2016 11:12:43 AM

Working on a long-term project comes with its own set of challenges and tasks. And anyone who has worked on a long-term project knows that one of these unique challenges is staying motivated throughout the entire project.
If you are leading the team, the responsibility to keep your team motivated falls on you. It’s important that, as a leader, you are inspiring a shared vision and keeping the team morale up. But during long-term projects, it can be more difficult to keep your teammates motivated, especially during the second half of the project.
But when the team moral decreases, how do you get it back up, and how do you prevent the moral from dropping in the first place? Here are four tips to keep your team motivated during a long-term project.

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How to Give Negative Feedback

By Elizabeth Paul on Aug 2, 2016 11:14:05 AM

Negative feedback isn’t typically a comfortable subject for anyone involved in the conversation. We’ve talked about what you should do after you receive negative feedback, but what if you’re on the giving side instead? How do you give negative feedback to someone you work with without creating a divisive environment?
Whether you are giving the feedback to an employee, co-worker, or boss, it isn’t always easy. People may become defensive or upset, especially if they are receiving the already-bad feedback in a negative way. So, it’s important to offer the negative feedback in a constructive and helpful way. After all, you’re giving them the feedback to help them improve, not to tear them down. Here are six tips on how to give negative feedback.

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How and Why to Say "No"

By Elizabeth Paul on Jul 14, 2016 10:19:12 AM

Can you take care of this for me? Will you do me a favor during your break? I know you’re busy, but I really think you would be the best leader for this upcoming project, so will you manage it?

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How to Work from Home More Effectively

By Elizabeth Paul on Jul 12, 2016 10:13:35 AM

Flexible work hours. A couch for your work area. And zero commute time. Working from home certainly has its benefits for the employee. It gives you an individualized work experience and helps you maintain a work-life balance.
If you are currently working from home, you are part of an ever-growing network, given the internet-ruled world that we live in. According to Gallup’s 2015 Work and Education poll, 37% of American workers say that they have worked from home, or telecommuted.
But your home or local coffee shop can hold a lot of distractions, and sometimes all of that freedom can make it hard to get your work done. After all, snacks and naps are at your fingertips throughout the day. Lacking the structure of your work environment presents new and unique challenges for those who work at home. Here are tips to fight those challenges and make your at-home work day more productive.

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