Teamwork

3 ways to get a colleague to help

August 28, 2014 Categorized in: Problem SolvingTeamwork

Figuring out how to keep a project moving when you need help from a colleague can be challenging. Business writer Esther Schindler suggests these tips.

Does leadership = team success?

July 24, 2014 Categorized in: Teamwork

Po Bronson—The New York Times best-selling author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Los­­ing—is a big fan of using small teams to tackle big projects. But surely the smaller the team, the more critical the role of the team leader, right? Wrong.

Have you paid it forward?

July 24, 2014 Categorized in: Personal DevelopmentTeamwork

Remember the first day of your very first job? It might be hard to remember now that you are established in your career and feel competent, secure and confident.
Some jobs are emotionally draining and can create morale problems for the people who do them. If management can’t or won’t help address these problems, is there anything colleagues can do to help boost morale for one another?
In today’s open offices where communication is more casual, it feels like everyone is on equal footing and working for a meritocracy. But that’s wrong, says Jeffrey Pfeffer, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford University. Power structures haven’t changed much over time. Pfeffer offers three theories of why workplace hierarchies are still going strong.

Get the team together for a huddle

June 9, 2014 Categorized in: MeetingsTeamwork

Many of us work with colleagues who are based in different places. Coordinating progress and figuring out how to work together can be a time-consuming endeavor. That’s why Huddle is a lifesaver.
If you find yourself in a tough relationship with your boss, instead of updating your résumé and embarking on a quest for a new job, learn how to improve your relationship. Start now by asking yourself these four questions.

Inside an ‘untethered’ office

February 24, 2014 Categorized in: Teamwork

In a move uncommon in the United States but more popular in Europe, international real estate brokerage CBRE Group took away its em­­ployees’ personal space—offices, desks and file cabinets—and converted to an “untethered” office. Even the CEO has no home base within the office, writes Los Angeles Times reporter Roger Vincent, who took a look inside.

Give them food for thought

December 23, 2013 Categorized in: MeetingsTeamwork

Here’s an inexpensive tactic that could elicit great suggestions from employees who might not normally volunteer to contribute.
When a problem doesn’t respond to solutions that have worked for you before, unlock your creativity with these approaches.
Is it helpful to let a co-worker screw up a project to teach her a lesson? And if you think not, how do you deal with a colleague who insists on letting others make mistakes to show them the folly of their ways? That’s what one reader recently asked on the Admin Pro Forum.

Make team-building a fun activity

September 5, 2013 Categorized in: Teamwork

How can a leader motivate team members to move them toward mutual goals that enhance productivity? It’s all about team-building exercises. But before you choose an exercise, ask yourself two questions …
You can help your organization’s brainstorming sessions soar to new creative heights simply by posting these “Rules of Engagement” for the group to follow.