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Work & Project Management

Are You a Micromanager?

The problem with most micromanagers is that they have no idea they’re doing it. Well, that’s not the only problem. “While micromanaging may get you short-term results, over time it negatively impacts your team, your organization, and yourself,” writes author and leadership development expert Muriel Maignan Wilkins. “You dilute your own productivity and you run out of capacity to get important things done. You stunt your team members’ development and demoralize them. You create an organizational vulnerability when your team isn’t used to functioning without your presence and heavy involvement.” Yikes. So how can you tell if you fall into the... Read More

Work Collaboration: 3 Tips for Getting Out of Work Silos

It goes something like this: Your CEO lays down the law for the next big company focus (insert revenue target, loyalty initiative, etc.). This goal falls on the shoulders of your department so you spend the next few weeks tirelessly working on a handful of initiatives that will finally move the needle. You then find yourself in a meeting where Nancy from XYZ department is discussing a new initiative that her team is rolling out. “Wait a second!”, you think to yourself, “my team is working on that.” Or, you’re sitting in that same meeting and a new data set... Read More

Millennials Love Work Management

By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce. Whoa! We all know millennials are incredibly motivated, driven and capable. On the flipside, they are also more demanding and expect more from their workplace than any other generation. In a previous post, we talked about the importance of employee engagement, the cost of disengaged employees and how you can truly drive engagement through transparency, collaboration and recognition. We know what you’re thinking. Easier said than done — especially with millennials. But when a recent study shows that 74% of Millenials ranked a collaborative work environment as the first or... Read More

Three Ways Work Management Can Re-engage Your Employees

Ashley Pretnik
Ashley Pretnik

You know your employees are important. How to engage them, however, might be a mystery. Where this really gets scary is in the direct connection between employee engagement and bottom-line metrics like productivity and ROI. Imagine your organization is made up of ten people. Out of those ten, how many do you think are actively engaged and productive? According to a recent Gallup study, only three are actively engaged, five are just along for the ride, and even worse, two are actively disengaged. Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $450 billion and $550 billion each year in... Read More

Project Leaders and the Challenge of Visibility: Part Two

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf

In our last installment, we talked about the visibility challenges today’s project managers and leaders feel. Like the person who is “It” during a game of Marco Polo, they’re often operating blind, trying desperately to manage complex, highly matrixed releases without being able to see all the pieces and parts. It’s a tough gig, no doubt. And if you’re facing these challenges day-in and day-out, we hope it was cathartic to know that someone understands your pain! But relating isn’t enough. The real problem is that this endless routine can leave you feeling: • Reactive and tactical, because your job is to... Read More

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