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When summer hits, it can be easy to get distracted from doing anything work-related. You might find yourself daydreaming about an upcoming beach trip or some other fun-filled activity. It’s hard to get motivated when nearly half of the office is out on vacation. The good news is that you’re not the only one who has trouble maintaining a high productivity level during the warm weather months. According to Grasshopper, 25% of workers feel less…

Everyone fails at something at some point or another. It’s not a question of if it will happen, but when. The important thing is to learn how to navigate failure and to make the best of it, especially when you are working as a team. Failure can be a valuable teacher. It can push you to reexamine your assumptions, analyze your processes and pipelines, get creative with new strategies, and make changes for the better. …

As client demands increase and managers expect high levels of productivity from their employees, team members can quickly become overworked and experience burnout. A Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees revealed that about two-thirds of workers experience burnout on the job. Thirty-two percent of employees cited an unmanageable workload as a top contributor to burnout. When employees are overworked and stressed, they may find it challenging to complete all of their tasks. As their…

Managing client expectations is one of the most important aspects to maintaining a long-lasting and rewarding client-agency relationship. However, understanding and meeting client expectations can be challenging, particularly when workloads and needs vary significantly from one client project to the next. Thankfully, there are some things your team can do to outline and manage expectations from the start. Here are five tips for managing client expectations so that everyone stays on the same page. 1.…

Becoming a manager for the first time is both exciting and nerve-wracking. You want to prove that you can lead and also keep everyone on the team happy. Especially if you’re promoted and have to manage people that you at one point were on the same level as, management can be tough. There are steps to take to ensure a smooth transition. For someone who is hired to lead a brand new team or for…

Whether it’s summertime or holiday season, every team goes through slow periods during the year. According to a Captive Office Pulse study, workplace productivity can drop up to 20% and projects can take up to 13% longer to complete during slow seasons. But even if your workloads come to a lull, you can still keep your team busy and productive. Here are a few ideas to inspire your team. 1. Tidy up your space The slower…

Most of us strive to be a strong leader that constantly improves and drives results. If you’re in a leadership role, you can share the same goal; however, it’s important to keep in mind that you should strive to be a driven team leader that helps everyone achieve specific goals. Your leadership style sets the tone of the company, and your team’s future success relies heavily on how you interact with your employees. Employees are…

Leaders are often the most visible members of a company. While people recognize names like Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer, and Jeff Bezos because they’ve managed large businesses, the names of even the most helpful employees never receive recognition. For that reason, many people crave leadership positions for the power, authority, and fame that is often associated with leading a team. However, leadership goes beyond being the talking head of your agency or team. While it…

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…

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…