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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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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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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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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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5 Characteristics All Successful Leaders Possess

By Constance Du on Jun 30, 2017 2:09:48 PM

All good leaders start as both good employees and, most importantly, good people.

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CREATE a Leading Role in 6 Steps

By Connie Du on May 12, 2017 12:22:23 PM

In the modern business world, there are two different kinds of leaders: the ones who lead through an appointed title and the ones who lead through curated respect and ability. No matter your rank, you can CREATE a leading role for yourself in any situation by using these tools.

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4 Ways a Leader Differs from a Boss

By Elizabeth Paul on Feb 28, 2017 3:41:56 PM

The art of leading is a tricky one. While everyone in a position of authority knows how to be a boss, not all know how to be a leader. And if you have ever worked for a boss who doesn’t know how to lead, you know just how difficult that can be. It creates an unnecessary environment of positional authority and can be extremely ineffective.

If you are in a position of authority, how do you know if you are being an effective leader or simply being a boss to your subordinates? Here are four ways that leaders set themselves apart from bosses.

Topics: Leadership
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