Alternative TextAmanda Kelly

Amanda Kelly is a technology and communications consultant based in Seattle. When not at work, she’s reminding her German Shepherd puppy that chasing the ball is only half of the game of fetch. Amanda can be reached at www.sound-strategic.com.

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5 Time Management Myths

The French sculptor Auguste Rodin once said, “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” That may be, but the reality of the work world is that your time is a critical resource that must be used efficiently for greatest success. With the amount of press that the concept of improving...

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4 Tips for Leading a Project Kickoff Meeting

Your project’s kickoff meeting is like an opening night for a new production. The stage has been set, scenes have been cast, the players are all in place, and the project story is ready to unfold. It’s important to have a meeting that’s well-organized, informative and motivating—something that addresses priorities nurtures teamwork and generally rallies...

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5 Unusual Ways to Prioritize Your Work

Have you ever woken up completely certain that you would spend the day firing on all cylinders, knocking down your to-do list, only to find that by the end of the day you’d been spinning your wheels while the critical work remains undone? Thomas Edison once said, “Being busy does not always mean real work....

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7 Productive Ways to Think About Time Management

You’ve probably heard the story of the professor who demonstrated the importance of prioritizing tasks by filling a jar with big rocks, and then asking his class if the jar seemed full. He then added gravel, then sand, and finally, water. The jar never overflowed. That’s because one of the key tenets to filling a...

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7 Ways to Improve Team Performance

Mae West once said “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” Real success is built from a combination of talent, innovation, effort and commitment. Here are seven factors that positively influence team performance, and tips for incorporating them into your workplace. Support innovation. To stay ahead, innovation is required. The most successful businesses...

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7 Ways to Use the Holiday Season to Advance Your Career

Thomas Edison famously said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” This is true. But your productivity—and the type of work you do—can differ from season to season.  December is a great time to focus some of your work energy into taking stock of where you are and where you want your career to be...

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5 Tips to Get Organized for a Productive Fall

Ahh, September. Whether you’re sending kids back to school or just exchanging summer cotton for warm flannels, autumn is a great time to get organized, prepared and reinvigorated—at home and at work. On the work front, team projects always benefit from a fresh outlook and renewed enthusiasm. Project managers can take advantage of that great...

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Grab the Reins! 7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Create More Opportunity at Work

Webster’s dictionary defines opportunity as “a favorable juncture of circumstances and a good chance for advancement or progress.” There are steps you can take to maximize your abilities, taking your value to the project team—and career—to the next level. Best-selling author Shakti Gawain advises, “Create opportunities by asking for them.” The following seven tips will...

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5 Strategies for Managing a Growing Team

George Bernard Shaw famously said, “Progress is impossible without change.” While that may be true, managing a growing team—while exciting—also presents its challenges. Teams that have settled into a successful working rhythm often feel uncomfortable adding new members, or they’re exasperated by changes to their routines. New employees may feel anxious about how they integrate...

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7 Ways Exercise Improves Your Work Life

We all know that regular exercise is good for overall health and well-being—from looking and feeling good to sleeping well. But there’s more. Exercise does great things for your work life, too. Whether you’re throwing a Frisbee, talking a walk or stretching in yoga class, exercise builds laser-sharp focus, improves your mood and increases productivity....

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7 Ways to Create Powerful Collaborations Among Teams

Collaboration is a teachable skill. The most successful teams work by harnessing their different strengths to reach a common goal. Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, said, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” The following tips will take your...

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7 Steps to Improve Collaboration on Your Team

Effective collaboration achieves what no single team member can on her own. As business magnate Richard Branson said, “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”  The best collaborations do this—optimize each person’s skills by utilizing suggestions from around the table, inspiring cooperation and...

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