People are becoming increasingly distracted these days. Their distraction is making meetings less productive, making us feel like they aren’t paying attention, and contributing to a general sense of anxiety about how much is going on. Here’s some thoughts on how you can set yourself and your team up to manage distractions before they cause serious problems.
Summer is over, and we’re staring down a long run of hectic work between now and the December holidays. What’s your plan to bolster your energy reserves, mitigate stress, and avoid burnout? Here are a few sources of energy you can tap into during your average overcommitted week.
Most of us will experience the feeling of being overwhelmed at some point. But each of us has our own version of how we manifest that stress. This article provides personalized approaches and coping strategies based on your specific version of overwhelm.
The feeling of overwhelm is aversive and self-perpetuating. An insurmountable workload makes you feel overwhelmed, which reduces your productivity, which means you don’t accomplish your workload, which makes you feel more overwhelmed. Give these simple approaches a try (or recommit to them if you’ve let them slide).
Collaboration software like Slack and MS Teams have quickly migrated from helpful tools to move things forward into overwhelming torrents of questionable content. Here are a few tips to get things back on track so that these tools can serve you rather than you feeling like you’re serving them.
Meetings can be the most important, valuable, and rewarding time you spend as a team or the most infuriating, useless, and wasteful. What’s the difference? I think it comes down to a few easy to measure factors. This framework and meeting evaluation tool will help you boost the value of your team’s meetings.
There’s considerable resistance to returning to the office. If you’re worried about getting your team back together, consider these short-term and long-term reasons why returning to the office might not be a happy change for your people.
If you’re trying to make your meetings more efficient and effective, one place to start is by doing a better job with guests. Bad meetings are already enough of a scourge on the regular attendees without dragging more people into the fray. Based on the behavior I’ve...
Trust is critical for teams but achieving high trust by avoiding diversity and encouraging homogeneity is not the answer. Here’s the difference between cheap, superficial trust among similar people and hard-earned trust forged on a diverse team.
When you depend on a colleague whom you don’t trust to do a good job, it can create significant anxiety. Instead of complaining, badgering, or giving up, invest in aligning around the approach they will take. This proactive approach is much better than waiting for them to disappoint you. When you can’t trust the person, trust the process.