Increase Your Team's Productivity By Identifying Their Prime Time

Most of the recent articles and books on productivity and time management heavily emphasize the fact that you can't manage time - you can only manage your energy.  Have you ever thought about it at the team level, though? This quick and easy activity can help you to create a more productive and motivating environment for your team by being more strategic about what types of work you tackle at different days/times.  

Ways To Reduce Your Team's Stress, Even If Things Are Hectic

As you've probably discovered many times over, being a manager isn't exactly the all-powerful opportunity that many employees think it is.  There are many things that are outside of your control.  When your team is under a lot of pressure, whether it's for a product launch or a period of short-staffing , it's easy to feel even more powerless.  However, there are a few things you can do that don't require a lot of effort or (perhaps more importantly) approval from anyone else.  There are three areas you can tweak, and none of them involve hiring new staff or extending any deadlines.  Even if your team is doing great, it might be helpful to look at these areas because they can dramatically affect the team's output in addition to influencing morale.

What to Expect When You're Developing a Team

There are many ways a team can go wrong, but there seems to be a consistent pattern of teams that reach their full potential and become far more than the sum of their parts.  There are several frameworks and models describing this path, but the one that is both easiest to understand and most widely known (not coincidentally) is the Tuckman model.  Here's what you need to know about the stages of team development and how to guide your team through each one.

What is Your Team's Most Important Work?

There are so many things we can spend our time on - e-mail, meetings, special committees, projects, etc. - that feeling "busy" is never a problem.  What's missing is a sense of purpose, that our work actually matters.  The catch-22 is that we're too busy to find the time to figure out what we should and shouldn't be being busy with, so the problem just continues.  I recently read a framework that could be helpful in solving this dilemma, though, and it should only take 20 to 30 minutes to work through.