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By Chris Croft | Thursday, September 17, 2015

The 7 Sins of Teamwork

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Being a team player doesn’t come naturally to everyone. And since a great team consists of people who are very different from each other, they may not really understand, or even like, one another. So some problems are inevitable.

In my course Teamwork Fundamentals, I outline the qualities of effective teams and the role you, as a member, play in creating one, including delivering on expectations, listening to other team members, communicating clearly, playing more than one role, and being supportive.

But first, you need to know the most common crimes people commit while working in teams—and what you can do about them.

You may think you’re a team player … but are you committing any of these sins without even realizing it?

By Chris Croft | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Ways to Be Happier at Work

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We’ve long known that most employees don’t feel passionate about their work. In fact, a Gallup study revealed that 63% of workers in 189 different countries are “checked out” and “sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work.”

We’ve seen that happiness can lead to higher energy, better relationships, better health, more productivity, and even higher income. So it makes sense to aim for happiness in all aspects of our lives!

And although happiness is an abstract term that we all may interpret it a little different, research has shown that there are some common, concrete predictors of happiness at work—and some practical things you can do to achieve it.

Ready to boost your on-the-job happiness? Here’s how.

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, August 8, 2015

Oops! Rookie Mistakes on the Job

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No matter what industry you work in, being the new person is rough. There’s so much to learn, from software to jargon to office politics—even where they keep the notepads.

Of course you’re gonna make mistakes. But you’re not alone.

Below, lynda.com Business authors and staff members share their own embarrassing stories from when they were noobs at work. Read about their bonehead moves, the fallout from them and, most importantly, what they learned as a result.

We hope you’ll learn how not to behave in your first days, weeks, or months at a new job—or at least get a good chuckle.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reclaim an Extra Hour a Day — Every Day

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“If only there were another hour in the day …”

We’ve all said it. Now our Productivity experts show you exactly where to find that extra hour a day—60 satisfying minutes that will put some breathing room back into your workday, taking it from utter madness to totally manageable.

By Chris Croft | Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Top 10 Project Management Mistakes

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Project management is like most things: The top 10 mistakes probably account for 90% of failures.

Here’s what to avoid, and how to avoid it.

By Chris Croft | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Ways to Know If You'd Make a Great Project Manager

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Project management is a transferrable skill. If you can manage one project, you can manage any project, because they all have the same underlying structure:

  • Make sure everyone agrees on what the project is
  • Estimate times and costs for the tasks are involved
  • Create your Gantt chart
  • Assess risks
  • Monitor progress and costs
  • Have a review at the end

It’s often well paid, always in demand, and never dull. And you get closure when projects end. What’s not to like?

Well … there’s stress. Often you’re not the line manager of the people on your project; you’re just borrowing them for the duration of the project. Then there are usually suppliers and subcontractors involved, and frequently there’s a customer who wants an impossible combination of great quality, short delivery time, and low price.

If you deliver everything, people will think it was easy. And if you don’t, then it will be considered your fault!

So what type of person makes a good project manager—and are you that type?

Project managers need to have the following five qualities. If you have them all, you should certainly consider a career in this area:

By Chris Croft | Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Things Every Successful Business Must Have (Even Yours)

Want a successful business? Do these 10 things.

I’ve been running my own business for 20 years and training others on how to do the same.

What are the keys to success? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s often the small stuff that people forget to do that can cost them dearly.

Here’s a list of the 10 things a successful business must have to survive—and thrive. (If you’ve skipped even one, go back and put it into place. I promise your business will be better for it.)

By Chris Croft | Monday, February 23, 2015

Want More Free Time? How About a Whole Month?

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Imagine if you had an extra month of free time: no interruptions, emails, or phone calls, and no extra work coming in from your customers or boss.

Just pure time that you can use to think, and to get ahead of the game. You could get SO much done—all those things you haven’t been able to get around to for so long.

Is it possible to get that much more free time? Yep. If you do these four things:

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