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9 steps to building a first-rate remote project management team

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Building a winning project team is difficult enough, but putting together a top-notch virtual team can really be daunting. Learn how to avoid remote project team pitfalls. Project management is complex, and its challenges are often amplified when navigating within the confines of remote project team environments. To greatly reduce the stress of these limitations,…

Teach Your Team to Expect Success

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Accomplished leaders anticipate success, and that helps them obtain it. Research shows that high expectations lead them to work harder and commit to conquering the challenges ahead. As HP’s chief legal officer, Kim Rivera, describes it: “I go into a situation with my eyes wide open knowing that it may exceed the limits of my…

Manage Team Performance Through an Open Dialog

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Many challenges in business, team and employee performance result from inadequate communication. Leaders often make incorrect assumptions about the members of their teams. Those assumptions lead the team to believe the leader is not interested in listening to their ideas for improvements. Sometimes communication breaks down when attempting to avoid conflict or not wanting to…

To Get More Creative, Become Less Productive

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There is a fundamental tension between productivity and creativity, and managers won’t get more of the latter until they recognize it. Productive people move through the tasks they have to accomplish in a systematic way. They make steady and measurable progress toward their goals. They make effective and efficient use of their time. Creativity… doesn’t.…

The Collective Memory of the Team

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by: Robert Galen If you’ve any experience in Agile approaches for software development, one of the common arguments surrounds documentation. Mostly it centers on software requirements, but it also extends to other forms of documentation, for example, design or user-centered documentation. Many Agile teams struggle with documentation. My experience aligns with folks leaning one of two…

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

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by: Rebecca Knight Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to…

How to Make a Team of Stars Work

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by: Claudio Fernández-Aráoz In my early years as an executive search consultant in Argentina, I was frequently asked to hire senior investment bankers. Citibank and J.P. Morgan were the leading players in the region at the time, but as I contacted and interviewed most of their key bankers, I saw something strange going on. While both…