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.

Keep a remote team on the same page

June 11, 2013 Categorized in: SupervisingTeamwork

If your team isn’t sitting in the same office or even the same state, you may need some new management prac­­tices to keep things running smoothly. Try these tips from Travefy co-founder David Donner Chait.
If your job squares with the Pareto Principle, 80 percent of the results come from 20 percent of your work. So, you’re probably investing much of your time on assignments that yield little return.

Do you trust your co-workers?

April 22, 2013 Categorized in: Teamwork

U.S. workers may not trust their boss, but they do trust their colleagues, according to a survey of 475 workers by consultant Lee Hecht Harrison.

Fly in formation

March 28, 2013 Categorized in: Featured ArticleTeamwork

Raising teamwork to the next level doesn’t mean you must hire team-building consultants and send employees on Outward Bound. Take these simpler steps.

Is your team ideal?

March 20, 2013 Categorized in: Featured ArticleSupervisingTeamwork

More is definitely not merrier when it comes to the ideal team. That’s according to researchers who study well-functioning ones.

3 ways to impress your boss

December 20, 2012 Categorized in: Problem SolvingTeamwork

No matter what level you’re at, adopting these three behaviors is sure to impress your boss, Ora Shtull writes.

Learn to delegate more effectively

October 5, 2012 Categorized in: SupervisingTeamwork

It can be hard to give up control of a project and trust that your team members will get the work done and do a great job. But you can’t do it all, and if you try, you probably won’t do very well and will likely alienate your people in the process. Tips to delegate effectively:
Most improv performers could tell you about this crucial rule of great improv: You’ve got to listen to your scene partner. Otherwise, you may miss an important cue or the opportunity to collaborate on a creative idea. It’s the same in the workplace. Here’s an improv activity that’s worth a try: