Monday, December 6, 2021

How to Build Trust in the Workplace Without a Single Trust Fall

 

Group of people sitting together at a table.

I remember when work used to feel stressful. I’ve held more positions than I’d like where management didn’t trust their team. And without trust in the workplace, stress was a regular part of the day. Everything I did was questioned or corrected. Managers insisted on guiding my hand every step of the way, even if I was confident in what I needed to do. I didn’t have autonomy over my work, so it was hard to take on anything new. Plus, information was regularly withheld from me and my teammates! I felt defeated, like I was just showing up because someone was telling me to, not because I wanted to be there.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

3 Useful Ways to Improve Team Communication for Good

Team working together on laptops.

As much as we hate to admit it, communication breakdowns happen. 

I loved playing telephone at sleepovers when I was a kid. One person whispered something to someone else, they’d whisper it to the next person in the circle, you get the idea. At the end, we’d laugh about how "chocolate chip cookies" turned into "mom has cooties." 

As small business owners, it’s not so entertaining. Playing telephone when working from home or in the workplace spells lots of problems. Details get lost. Expectations are misunderstood. Tracking project progress is a wild goose chase when your team’s not on the same page. Even getting everyone to meet deadlines is like herding cats. And without clear communication, managing multiple projects is the ultimate juggling act. 

It’s all fun and games...Until it’s not. Any mishap in one of these areas could mean huge repercussions for your business. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

7 Tricks for Managing Multiple Projects (Prepare to be Amazed!)

Walking a tightrope

Organizing multiple projects might seem difficult - like walking on a tightrope while balancing a stack of plates on your head. But lots of business owners still find a way to dazzle while managing all of their tasks and meeting deadlines. It doesn’t take superhuman abilities. But before you can fly through the air on a trapeze, you’ve gotta ace the basics. 

Get out your unitard and prepare to be amazed. I’m gonna walk you through exactly what you need to know to put on your best show, whether you’re a project manager, a small business owner, or the ringleader of a three-ring circus. Thankfully, you won’t be jumping through any flaming hoops. [Cue applause.] 

Monday, October 4, 2021

Why I Switched to a Digital Planner (And the Tool I’m Most Excited About)

Paper planner

Planner lovers, let’s talk about going digital. 
I used to be a paper planner person. I’d write everything I needed to do in today's slot, then rewrite it the next day if I didn’t get it done (and the next, and the next). And if I super needed to stay on task, I’d make a sticky note and put that on my monitor. You know, next to all the other sticky notes. 
So far, so good. But you can guess what happened when I missed a deadline or forgot to move something over. I hate that sinking feeling when I realize the report I’m wrapping up today was actually promised to my client yesterday. Yikes. After recovering from a mild freak-out, I’d be stuck flipping through pages until I spotted whatever I was looking for...if I ever found it, that is.
Then there were the days I forgot to bring my planner with me! When I got to work, I’d struggle to remember everything I had to do that day. Or, if I left it at work at the end of the day, I’d think of work items I wanted to add to my to-do list...but I wouldn’t have my planner to write it down! Back to the sticky note pile. 

I needed my life to be simpler. 

Take it from someone who knows your pain - a digital planner is so. Much. Better.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Leading a Virtual Team? You Need The Right Work Management Tool for the Job

Leading an online team takes trust and organization

These days, being an effective leader for your virtual team takes more than organizing Google Meet check-ins and sending emails back and forth. It takes trust and organization as a team to get the results you want. But building trust and maintaining productivity from behind a screen is challenging for most managers in today’s world. When your teammates aren’t together in person, how can you make sure everyone stays on top of their work?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The One on One Meeting: An in-depth guide to building trust and increasing team performance

Meetings are generally known as one of the leading drains of company resources. According to a 2019 study by Doodle, two-thirds of all meetings are unnecessary or a waste of time. Ineffective meetings - whether lacking focus, running too long, or including the wrong people - keep employees from getting real work done. The problem is so prevalent there are even tools to measure how much time you waste in meetings and help you block out more time for deep work. While many meetings should be cancelled or declined, there is one type of meeting that may be the most valuable way to spend your time as a manager: the one on one.

Monday, September 23, 2019

How to Sync Tasks to Different Google Calendars

If you already use GQueues to manage tasks, chances are you get a lot of value from its real-time, 2-way syncing with Google Calendar. It’s our most popular Google integration for good reason: being able to manage tasks in the context of all your other scheduled activities is invaluable.

Until recently, your tasks could only sync to a single GQueues calendar. We’ve taken this integration to the next level, and now you can sync tasks to multiple Google Calendars, giving you more freedom and flexibility as you manage your tasks.