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An effective brainstorming session takes a lot more than simply asking your team for their thoughts and writing down the first ideas they say. From shy participants, to repetition of the same ideas, to one team member dominating the brainstorming session, the possibility of roadblocks can be high and once the ideas stop flowing, it can be impossible to get everyone back on track. There are many simple exercises your team can use to pave…

Team meetings are essential, but they can also be a sinkhole for many hours in your valuable workday that could be spent working on other projects. So how can you economize as a team to make your meetings shorter and more efficient so your colleagues can get back to work sooner? Here are a few methods that your team can implement to make your meetings useful again. Image Create a Meeting Agenda Many departments may…

Everyone has a different way to stay organized, and every team has a different way to communicate. Project management tools aim to keep both the individual and the team informed and on track. However, implementation of a new project management tool can be incredibly difficult when your team is already set in their ways. According to a study by The Access Group, reliability, ease of use, and ease of integration are the top three requirements…

Thanks to the continuing advancements in technology, the concept of the modern day workplace is constantly being redesigned. This constant flux makes for an exciting work environment, as well as a challenging one, as companies must continually adapt to the trends to stay relevant in today’s workplace culture and attract top talent. So what are the biggest trends reshaping today’s workplace? Collaborative Social Platforms We’ve been virtually connected in our personal lives for the last…

One of the best ways to figure out what makes a team so successful is to look at the top. And when you do, it’s not unusual to see that the success of an organization can be driven by a very different leadership style than your own. If you take the time to study each of the various leadership styles, you’ll notice more differences than similarities. Each style of leadership has strengths and weaknesses when…

Especially in the technology world, working remotely has increased substantially over the past few years. In the U.S., 37% of workers say they telecommute, and 50% of the workforce holds a job that is compatible with telecommuting at least part of the time. The noted benefits of telecommuting include reduced stress among employees, lower company overhead costs, lower employee turnover rates, and the list goes on. One of the main concerns among managers, however, is…

The average worker spends an estimated 28% of the workweek managing emails and receives an average of 121 emails per day. For many of us, the thought of abandoning email seems about as likely as giving up the air we breathe. It’s necessary for survival. It’s necessary to maintain our everyday lives. But believe it or not, the days of communicating via email are numbered. The world of communication is shifting, and email is no longer…

Shortcuts get a bad rap. They imply sloppy work that values saving time over quality progress. However, there may be some places in your day where you’re allowing the “hard way” to be “the only way.” Three examples below talk through how to get what you need from clients, pitch what will win your C-level team’s approval and condense your compelling message without losing readers. Timewaster: Working without clear direction The client knows his budget…

This is the first in an ongoing series of posts aimed to provide you with useful insights to help you and your team be better marketers. We’ll be focusing on improving productivity and collaboration, and providing valuable insights to a whole range of content professionals including freelancers, agencies, and marketing teams of all sizes. In the 1970s, a big section of the American population thought Avocado Green and Harvest Gold were attractive colors when paired.…