People naturally form bonds with colleagues at work. A team of people who work together will spend a lot of time with one another every day, and an individual’s departure from that team can have ripple effects on one’s morale and relationship with work.
Yesterday, I talked about context switching between projects and how smart preparation can help you prevent cognitive overload when context switching. The post focused on how to set up your projects and plan your week to prevent forgetting tasks or missing deadlines. Today, I’ll focus on things you can do day-to-day to maintain a clear […]
People are often surprised when I say that I am comfortable with—and even enjoy—working on more than one project at a time. For me, this comfort lies in my ease with context switching. Over time, I’ve developed a series of habits that make it easy for me to switch between different projects. These mental tools […]
Managers are expected to give feedback. It goes with the responsibility of leading a team of employees. The idea is that by giving compliments and constructive criticism, they will correct errors and improve the performance of their employees. If they do this task well, their teams will excel. This will lead to happy employees and […]
I’m in the final stretch of a graduate program I’ve completed while working 40 hours a week. Three years ago, I remember agonizing over whether to enroll. Would I lose my friends? Would my work performance suffer? What would I have to cut out of my life to manage the added time put towards school? […]
Are your meetings constantly running long? Do you feel like your team is getting off in the weeds and not focusing on the important points? I’ve felt these concerns.
For several years now, I have wanted to further my professional development in business administration and management. I researched MBA programs and other related certificate programs, but the timing never felt right for me in terms of the time and financial commitments that business school would require, and the other life goals and activities I […]
Living in the 21st Century is amazing, and one of the most incredible developments of the past couple decades is the smartphone. I remember watching Steve Jobs introduce the iPhone in 2007. I understood how useful it would be. What I didn’t understand was how that device would change everything for everyone.
About a year ago, I took on a new responsibility as a Career Development Manager at Atomic Object. In addition to my normal consultant duties, I now get to work with a small group of people to help them plan out their professional development. I frequently get to have conversations with people about what their […]
In the decade I spent as a designer, the most important skills I learned weren’t about user interfaces or color theory. They were about working with people—juggling different ideas, priorities, and personalities. Finding a way forward that everyone can agree on. Here are two people-wrangling techniques I still use nearly every day, in my career […]