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.
What does it mean if someone on your team thinks you’re “untrustworthy?” Trust is a small word that encompasses a wide swath of different issues. This article provides different explanations for low trust and gives you several different remedies to earn the confidence of your colleagues.
Some people put more effort into trying to sound strategic than into actually being strategic. The research says it won’t work. Here are three ways that people try to sound smarter that are actually having the opposite effect.
Is your team in the right mindset and even the right mood to be strategic? Running from an operational meeting where you’re fighting fires into a 3-hour strategic planning meeting is not going to give you the best shot at a great strategy. Here are seven hallmarks of the right team dynamic for strategic planning and my best tips to help you create each of the seven if they’re missing.