We’re not all natural-born leaders. But many of us – and arguably all of us – who step foot into a career manage and lead at some level (even if we’re managing ourselves, or inspiring a co-worker). Still, it takes skills, experience and a combination of natural gifts and effective habits to guide and motivate a team. Here are five articles to give you a well-rounded view on how to be the best leader that you can be.
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Working with a team of people can be exhilarating – and challenging. Aside from the chemistry of personalities and work styles that affect a group dynamic, there’s also the territorial play. We don’t mean to get all Wild Kingdom on you, but we humans are territorial beings. In the biz world, this means that when individual roles and responsibilities aren’t well-defined, individuals get testy, the team dynamics go haywire and the project suffers as a result.
Our updated Android app is here! And there are two significant improvements we’d like to trumpet:
The Android app now supports tablets and screens of many sizes.
This version is more interactive than ever. We added the Edit Panel, Checklists and the schedule bars so you can manage and update projects on the go.
Here’s a show-and-tell of the highlights of this latest version – seasonal spin included. (The following screen shots are from a 7” tablet.
Turkeys — like some projects — are famous for not being done on time. So this year, instead of having a bunch of hungry stragglers gather in your kitchen waiting for the bird to cook, try something else. Make ranged estimates of your dinner’s completion time.
Estimating in best/worst case scenarios is one of our founding principles and differentiators here at LiquidPlanner.
Last week, a couple reps from LiquidPlanner’s sales team, Senior Sales Manager Jen Ash and Account Manager Jacin Davis joined over 130,000 conference-goers at Dreamforce 2013 in San Francisco. This Salesforce.com extravaganza brings together people in sales, marketing and technology for four days of sessions where best sales practices, tips and hack are shared – along with lavish networking events and concerts (this year featured Green Day and Blondie).
Keynote speakers ranged from Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and Salesforce.
The holiday season arrives so quickly. The pressure of Thanksgiving and Christmas planning starts to build shortly after I pick through my kids’ Halloween candy. And then the chaos hits: It’s time to plan family dinners, brainstorm gift ideas, sort through a two-page wish list of every Lego set ever built, buy presents for teachers, and send holiday cards all inside of eight weeks.
What does any good project manager do with chaos? Approach the season like any other project: get a plan, build out a schedule and create tasks. My tool of choice happens to be LiquidPlanner.
This is the time of year many of us are forced to take on a Superhero level of multi-tasking as we juggle jobs, shopping lists, parties and crazy relatives family gatherings. Here’s a short list of articles to help you plan and organize for the best season yet!
5 Things to Do to Stay Sane and Productive During the Holidays
These surprising and fresh to-do’s involve a little stop-look-and-listening, plenty of sleeping and stepping back to ask exactly Why you’re doing what you’re doing and if it’s worth it.
Everyone wants an A+ team – a group of motivated, ingenious individuals that come together and create business chemistry so impactful that your competitors have to work weekends just to keep up. How do these team leaders do it? With a lot more than luck. Here’s a detailed plan on how to bring out the best from your team members and keep everyone inspired to do their best work, individually and together.
Who remembers BattleBots? It was a short-lived, nerdtastic game show on Comedy Central in which remote controlled robots were pitted against each another, Gladiator style, and forced to fight to the bitter, sparky end. Even though the show’s television glory days have long since passed, battle bots continue to be built and motorized prizefights continue to be waged.
Have you ever had a project sneak up on you?
Sneaky projects start out as short-term requests that feel more like quick to-do’s than a full-fledged project. What initially looks like a simple operational task (resource transfer, budget transfer, etc.) suddenly evolves into a project that needs timelines, range estimates, follow-ups and other team members’ input.
I’ve had a project sneak up on me. With the experience behind me, I now know how I would have handled the situation much differently.