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Conducting A Pilot May Be The Best Bet For Project Success

5 hours 50 min ago
If your project involves large scale organizational change, whether it involves software or not, conducting a pilot prior to full implementation can prevent a disaster. No matter how much planning...

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How to Fight Perfectionism and Call a Project Complete

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
If you agonize over details and find it hard to ever call a project complete, you’re probably suffering from acute perfectionism. If you miss deadlines or neglect other work because you’re spending...

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How to Fix the Biggest Mistakes in Change Management

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 08:00
Organizations often dedicate a lot of money and resources to change management, yet research shows the efforts often aren’t successful. Understanding why it happens and how to improve can lead to...

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Squirrel! 5 Fast Fixes for Handling Distractibility at Work

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 08:00
It’s one of those days. You’re sitting at your desk and staring at the computer, but you’re not thinking about work. In fact, you’re thinking about everything else but work....

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Is Everything a Crisis? How to Get Out of Fire-Fighting Mode

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:00
Do you feel like you rush from urgent task to urgent task at work, constantly putting out fires and never having the chance to step back to focus on the big picture? If this sounds like you, you...

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This Leading Productivity Killer is Not What You’d Expect

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:00
Overwork is creating a vicious cycle that results in net losses. During the recession of the late aughts, organizations laid off a ton of employees. Many of them didn’t replace these people, but the...

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How to Define A Communication Method For Project Success

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:30
Communication is the backbone of a successful project. Plenty of projects have failed because there wasn’t enough communication or the communication was the wrong type directed at the wrong people....

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Do You Know What Your Staff Isn’t Getting Done?

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:30
As a manager, you probably know to give your staff members input on how to prioritize everything that’s on their plate and to check in and see how key projects are coming. But there’s one question...

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Hire Employees with Emotional Intelligence for Bigger Profits

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Hiring workers with emotional intelligence can provide financial rewards, as one company demonstrates with bottom-line successes in a highly competitive industry. Customers no longer just want a...

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3 Tips for Effectively Managing Creatives at Work

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 07:30
On projects where novelty and innovation are essential to the bottom line, creative professionals – designers, writers, musicians, and artists – are an integral part of success. You manage business...

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3 Things to Stop Doing to Boost Productivity On Your Team

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:00
All the productivity hacks in the world won’t matter if your team is operating in ways that at their core are inefficient. Here are three things to stop doing today in order to boost your team’s...

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Avoid Pains Converting a Manual to an Automated Process

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:30
One of the things you don’t want to do when you convert manual processes to an automated system is keep inefficiencies or redundant steps in a process, so it’s important to take your “as is”...

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Workplace Success – What You Need to Know This Week

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:00
Here are three stories people are talking about this week. 1. Amazon’s rules for hiring the best people Amazon has found ways to mechanize their hiring process, in order to make its processes...

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QuickBase EMPOWER2015 Keynote: Obama for America COO

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:30
We understand how important it is to have real-time, centralized and share-able information to make critical business decisions and to run a successful department or business. This couldn’t...

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How to Offer Criticism that Employees Will Welcome

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 07:30
Managers often hate delivering criticism, so performance problems may continue to grow. But there is a way for managers to deliver criticism that employees not only welcome, but helps them be more...

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Hiring Managers: How to Deal with Unresonable Expectations

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:30
Until you can hire a cyborg, you’ll have to settle for flawed humans. The 2014 Job Preparedness Indicator study conducted by the Career Advisory Board confirmed previous reports that a skills gap...

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Build a Strong Reputation – Communicate Minor Achievements

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:00
Build a strong reputation by making the most of minor achievements. In my seminars, I am fond of discussing the importance of perception. You could be the smartest, most talented individual your...

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Make Better Decisions By Conducting Pre-Mortems

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:30
Ever had a project flounder or outright fail and wished that you could have foreseen the obstacles you encountered from the start? This technique will help you do exactly that.  When you’re planning...

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How To Create A Project Communication Plan

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 07:30
A communication plan that will guide the messages to a project’s affected stakeholders is a critical part of any project. How well you communicate throughout the life cycle of your project can...

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How Introverts and Extroverts Can Live in Harmony at Work

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:30

Most work groups will have a mix of introverts and extroverts in them, and their differing work styles can cause conflict or frustration if not managed well.

Extroverts, after all, tend to engage in more social interaction at work, and often prefer or even need to talk through ideas and processes in order to be their most productive. Introverts, on the other hand, often prefer to work in relative quiet without interruptions and can have trouble focusing when there’s constant conversation around them. Extroverts can easily annoy introverts by too much noise and talking, and introverts can come across to extroverts as chilly or aloof.

These differences can affect both job satisfaction and productivity. If you’ve got a team full of extroverts and one or two introverts, those introverts can end up with nowhere quiet to focus and feeling drained by interruptions or noise around them. Alternately, if introverts dominate on your team, the extroverts who find themselves in the minority might feel isolated and have their own troubles being productive if they get more done when they’re able to talk things out and bounce ideas off of other people.

So when you’re managing a team with mixed work styles, how do you resolve conflicts between introverts’ need for quiet and focus and extroverts’ need for talking and collaboration?  Here are five compromises that will let everyone,  regardless of where they fall on the introvert/extrovert scale, be reasonably comfortable and productive.

1. Cultivate an office-wide awareness of different working styles. Openly acknowledging differing preferences along the introversion/extroversion scale is an essential step to figuring out solutions that will work. If introverts come to understand that extroverts are often more productive through conversation, and extroverts come to understand that introverts aren’t freezing them out when they put on headphones and keep their heads down, you’re more likely to find compromises people are happy with.

2. Zone your office space for different work styles. Designate some space for conversations and groups working together where people can make noise without guilt, and designate other spaces “quiet space.” If you can, let people choose where they work, and let people move from one to the other as their work needs dictate. You don’t need to revamp your entire physical space, but simply having some quiet conference rooms (and encouraging people to use them when they need quiet space to focus) can go a long way.

3. If your space is limited, encourage people to go off-site when they need quiet or interaction. If you don’t have spare conference rooms to zone for these uses, encourage people to go off-site when they need to. If their roles allow it, your introverts might be thrilled to work from home or a coffee shop when they particularly need to focus. And your extroverts might love the idea of holding a group brainstorm at the pizza shop next door.

4. Consider having set “quiet hours” each day, where any noisy activities take place in rooms with closed doors. Otherwise, introverts may end up feeling like they’re always having to flee shared space if they need to concentrate in a quiet area.  This is something you can do team-wide if people like the idea, or it might just be a solution for an otherwise mismatched pair who share an office to implement on their own.

You can balance that with “noisy hours” too if there’s a need for it!

5. Make “let’s take this to a meeting room” a standard phrase in your culture. Create a norm on your team where after a certain amount of time, a conversation is deemed a “meeting” and moves to a more appropriate location (like a conference room). This will allow extroverts to keep having the discussions they may need to work effectively, but without creating ongoing distractions for those who need a quieter space to work.

You May Also Like:
How to Keep from Being Distracted in an Open Office
How Introverts Can Succeed an Be Leaders in the Workplace
Four Tips for Getting the Most from Your Introverted Team Members


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