Teamwork

How to create no-stress urgency

March 25, 2022 Categorized in: Teamwork

You know you need to light a fire under your team, but you don’t want to sap their productivity by piling on stress. Can pressure and support coexist? The answer is yes, thoughtfully. Here are some ideas for how to approach this situation.
I have always believed in the idea of strength in unity when it comes to the administrative profession. When I worked in the field for 20 years, I put this into action and saw many benefits as a result.

Collaborating on documents

December 2, 2021 Categorized in: Teamwork

How do I get multiple people to collaborate on a document without risking losing anyone’s contributions? … One person has made a copy and edited that instead of working on the document I shared with everyone. How do I merge their changes?

Leverage controversy in decision making

June 2, 2021 Categorized in: Teamwork

If a decision is important and risky, it should be controversial. Every organization needs a healthy atmosphere for dissent if it wants innovation and commitment.

Encourage collaboration across teams

May 27, 2020 Categorized in: Teamwork

Interdepartmental conflicts can kill productivity, lead to mistakes, and result in disputes. To increase collaboration across warring departments, take these steps.
With COVID restrictions very slowly easing, soon many admins will end their time of telecommuting and see familiar faces in person once again. But this transition will be unique and challenging.

Try this team celebration for size

October 31, 2019 Categorized in: Teamwork

At the next office party or year-end celebration, consider hosting what we call the “Anything Awards” to have silly fun while challenging people to be creative.

5 tips make deadlines mean something

October 10, 2019 Categorized in: Teamwork

There are reasons why deadlines are difficult to hold, keep and enforce. By taking a look at some positive approaches, we can better use them to accomplish our goals.

Sound Bites: December ’18

December 1, 2018 Categorized in: Teamwork

Whether in person or remotely, get all meeting attendees on the same page … How your receptionist can off insight in a group interview … Log off on the weekend … When to never apologize … Icebreaker: 10 things in common … How upper and lower case letters got their names

How to work through creative differences

June 7, 2018 Categorized in: Teamwork

Sometimes conflict emerges on a creative project that has no perfect vision. Beth Noymer Levine, author of Jock Talk, says that whether the hangup is over the title of a report or the décor in the office, you should remember these three things.
Enough of those tired team builders that feel more like obligations to seem happy we’re all at work. You’ve got a fun group, so try out something from these suggestions—and get ready for some laughs and eye-opening moments.
By injecting some levity into your workday, you just might shake off a sluggish or rigid mindset and bring a fresh perspective to your responsibilities.

Team-building: No sissies allowed?

September 19, 2016 Categorized in: Teamwork

When the company could benefit from team-building exercises, what is the best way to approach them? Would putting employees in a difficult environment or situation strengthen the team?