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11 Ways to Build the Strengths of Your Team Members

To lead a top-performing team, you need to do more than direct and delegate work. Truly effective managers can recognize the unique strengths of each team member and optimize all those natural gifts. If you’re in a leadership position, this might sound like a daunting task, but it’s not. The first step is to identify...

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Want Great Work from Your Project Team? Get Happy

We’ve often been taught that happiness is the result of success, but what if it’s actually the other way around? That’s what one researcher in the field of positive psychology, Shawn Achor, has set out to prove. In his book, The Happiness Advantage, he examines how the brain functions better when a person is feeling...

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The Secret Power of Conscious Leadership

The problem I frequently have with leadership concepts is that the language is confusing and I have trouble relating it to my day-to-day role as a leader. Take the phrase “limbic system,” which someone used this on me recently. I know that it has something to do with the brain, but given that I’m neither...

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The New Secret to Successful Teams: a Diverse Mindset

I like to think that if I was about to do something stupid on one of my projects, one of my colleagues would speak up and tell me. Unfortunately, here’s the reality: they wouldn’t. Margaret Heffernan, author of “Wilful Blindness”, knows exactly why this happens. In a presentation she gave earlier this year, she explained...

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Why You Should Get Your Team to Challenge the Status Quo

Have you ever worked in an environment where the manager came across as controlling and shot down all the team’s great ideas? It simply wasn’t a priority to explore how the team could be working more effectively or inventively, or to increase teamwork and engagement levels. All that mattered was to get the current assignments...

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How to Use Summer to Advance Your Career

Ah, summer. Half-day Fridays, family vacations, long patio lunches—it’s amazing any work gets done at all this time of year. So how do you leverage your summer months? You can ride the slack train of bare minimalism or you can use this time of year to powerhouse the engine of your career. The trick is...

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How to Lead a Team Through a Challenging Project (Without Making Them Hate You)

So here you are, heading up an important technology project for your company. There’s a lot at stake for your organization, your team and you. If you don’t take steps to prepare yourself, it could be a long, difficult process. And more importantly, if you don’t lead your team effectively, you could wind up being...

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Using Technology to Engage Millennials at Work

Millennials, also known as digital natives (and Generation Y), were born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. Millennials grew up with instant access to information, making them the first truly hyper-connected generation. In fact, technology is so ingrained in their lifestyle that the US Chamber of Commerce found that they are 2.5 times more...

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Why Your Working Culture Determines Project Success

At the start of one of my keynotes or training sessions, I like to ask people about the best project experience they’ve ever had and what made it the best. No matter where I am, the answers are almost always the same: I was supported to do my work. I was involved in the planning...

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6 Essential Skills for Project Managers

Years ago I was in Brazil managing the installation of a monitoring system for a large construction project. As I told the chief electrician how a piece of equipment was to be mounted, he raised his eyebrows and said: “You’re the boss.” I knew what was happening: Because I was the project manager, the chief...

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How to Spend the First Hour of Your Workday

Some years ago, after I ran an abysmal half marathon, I learned an important lesson. While it’s important to pace yourself, if you go out too slowly (or in my case sluggishly), that’s the tone you set for the rest of your race. Work days are very much the same: The note on which you...

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4 Tips for Leading a Project Kickoff Meeting

Your project’s kickoff meeting is like 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 the...

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