New bosses are popping up lately, as more offices streamline staff. If that’s the case in your office, cast yourself in the best possible light—quickly. Follow this advice from executive recruiter Jay Gaines and executive coach Licia Hahn.

Create and share ‘aha’ moments

April 2, 2009 Categorized in: SupervisingTeamwork

If you’re a manager, spawn more golden nugget moments for your team by creating informal learning opportunities: mentoring, on-the-job training, brainstorming and good, old-fashioned trial-and-error. Encourage employees to tap into blogs, discussion forums and wikis.
Admin Brooke Wiseman knew that administrative professionals in her company weren’t being used in the most productive ways. For example, some shared the same title but had wide variations in duties. Her goal was to bring more value to the company by turbocharging the partnerships between executives and their assistants. Here’s how she did it.
It won’t surprise you that most companies plan to spend less on training this year. Rather than lament the fact that there’s less money in the budget for traditional training, consider this: Less-formal training might be more effective than formal training, and it still allows you to develop your career.

Imagine if others were in your shoes

March 6, 2009 Categorized in: Teamwork

You can always give back, even during tough economic times. Mobilize your office in an act of do-goodness by rounding up not-so-loved shoes for a worthy cause. A few fabulous programs can breathe new life into old kicks:
One of the best ways to come up with creative ideas is to hold a “greenhousing” session where ideas are nurtured before they’re judged, says Dave Lewis, who runs ?What if! The Innovation Company.

Is your group really thinking?

February 5, 2009 Categorized in: MeetingsTeamwork

Collaboration works, until it starts to resemble groupthink. That’s when healthy dissent evaporates, self-defeating tendencies surge and negative emotions corrode the group’s work. Make sure your team is working more like the Manhattan Project and less like Enron.

Build teamwork and boost morale

February 5, 2009 Categorized in: Teamwork

If you were ever considering morale boosters, now is the time to act. Here are two easy, affordable ways to build teamwork and morale.

Want new ideas? Diversify your team

February 5, 2009 Categorized in: Problem SolvingTeamwork

You probably know that a diverse group is likely to yield the most creative work. But you may not realize just how diverse a team should be, particularly if it needs to come up with new, innovative ideas. Your team needs diversity in three areas: job function, age and gender.

Liven up a boring meeting

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: Internal CommunicationMeetingsTeamwork

You are in charge of a committee at work that no one seems to care about. Meeting attendance is lackluster, and those who do come rarely speak up. Here are 11 ways to make people feel more engaged.

Swapping corporate know-how

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: AdvancementTeamwork

Pick up know-how swiftly by swapping spots with someone. Here are two ways to do it, stolen from two company playbooks.
Do you want a brainstorming session to generate one great idea or several above-average ones? A new study looked at two models: 1. Assembling a group of people and having them come up with product ideas. 2. Asking individuals to work on ideas by themselves before sharing their thinking. Who came up with better ideas?
The latest trend in workplace training may be “in the moment coaching.” It challenges employees to stay focused so they don’t leave meetings or conversations wondering what just happened. Staying in the moment keeps our minds from drifting, so we can really listen and retain critical information.