This was no time for play.
This was no time for fun.
This was no time for games.
There was work to be done.
— From Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”
Is your team feeling a bit like Sallie and her brother shoveling mountains of snow with no end in sight? Maybe so. Are they chugging along? That’s good.
Maybe the team needs to get to know one another better. Maybe an issue arose that needs to be highlighted and resolved in a clever manner. You may say ‘ok’ but what do you do? Be the Cat! But, instead of unleashing “Little Cats A-Z,” you should pull out a timely and appropriate team building activity.
“Many hands make light work.” English proverb circa 1300s
The origins of this proverb are somewhat muddy, but the American Heritage Dictionary indicates it first appeared in the early 1300s.
Just think… what did working together in the 14th century look like? It was necessary for survival. To simply exist – to have food, shelter, clothing was made easier through collaboration.
What does collaboration look like now? Certainly societies continue to collaborate for survival, but we do so now in different ways and it’s not just for survival. There are far more people working together from far greater distances. The web has played a major role in changing how we work together. Wonder what’s going on now in the 21st century?
We’ve all heard the horror stories. Listened to frustrated colleagues ranting about the latest problem with a team project. Wanted to throttle a “person who shall remain nameless” for acting like a one-person army instead of a teammate.
Survived our own 9 PM panicked conference call over a misread email that launched Edna into orbit because she thought Barry didn’t deliver on a task resulting in 25 more emails to everyone on the team. Egad!
Right about now, you may be wondering what a person has to do to ensure successful online collaboration. And, after diving into some of the research, we found there are six things you can do to boost your chances of success.
USER SPOTLIGHT: We all learn from others stories. And this story is about how you can manage your projects in boom times. Teambox user – Essential Print Services – shares how they improved collaboration and project management during their recent growth and expansion.
Most companies would probably envy the position that Essential Print Services found themselves in. The UK company, which was founded in April 2011 by Yvonne Gorman, was having a banner year. With over 14 years of experience in the print industry, Yvonne was able to turn the hassle of print buying into a range of cost effective, expertly executed, print solutions for hundreds of companies throughout the UK.
We are living in exciting times. People around the world are integrating new technology into their daily lives. Businesses are harnessing the power of these IT inventions to increase productivity.
Cloud storage has turned out to be a very valuable tool. It allows people to store files virtually, usually through a third party host like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive.
Collaboration platforms like Teambox have integrated cloud storage into their software to allow greater connectivity. As a result, we are seeing major increases in productivity. Here are 5 ways cloud integration helps increase productivity.
It’s Monday morning, and as you read through the emails, you discover you’ve been tasked with managing a project. Feel like a deer in the headlights? No? Been there and done that, have you?
No worries, either way we’ve got some useful resources that can help you whether it’s your first time out or you just need to knock down the cobwebs and shake off the dust.
I see you just received an invite to be a part of a collaborative project. Hang on, what’s this? A bit of snarl? You’re not leaping for joy? I’m sure you are as excited as Steve Martin in “The Jerk” when he makes it into the phone book and runs about screaming “… I’m somebody now!”
So you’re not quite chomping at the bit and ready to leap out of the starting gate? So you don’t like working on a collaborative projects? Oh dear…
One of the things that the best virtual teams do differently is managing their day-to-day and focusing on the most important stuff day-in and day-out. These virtual teams know how to get things done and avoid distractions like email or cell phones.
If you are managing a virtual team, what you really need to do is help your team find their focus – not add to the chaos. It’s not easy. Getting the right things done can be an uphill battle with all the distractions around us.
Does this scenario sound like your day – full of conflicts, distractions, and demands for time away from project work? Could you use help staying focused? Read on.
When I started working at Teambox three years ago (a decade in startup time), things were very different. We were a small team of four, functioning organically, and doing a little bit of everything. Basically, we didn’t need to follow any specific process to make our customers happy.
Just read a great book on how to improve my daily routines and focus on the things that matter most. The book was entitled – Manage Your Day-to-Day, Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind. It’s a long title, but an awesome book for those struggling with information overload and project collaboration systems that need a little love.
Is there really anyone who doesn’t struggle with this issue? Let’s take e-mail as an example.
In the book, they talk about how companies really have no idea how much time and money they are wasting on the dominant communication vehicle – email. Poor project collaboration and overuse of email wastes time and costs your business lots of money. Let’s explore where the green stuff is going and how to fix the issue.