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Why upskilling is a team goal, too

5 min read

Many of us are just casually familiar with the concept of “upskilling.” You’ve run across it on LinkedIn, or heard it mentioned in a webinar. It feels a little like a buzzword—a term with more style than substance. But here’s the thing: Upskilling is vital to highly functioning, cohesive teams. Developing new skills because you’re…

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4 simple tips for being a better manager

6 min read

Great managers are constantly performing a high-wire act. They balance their people’s needs with a wide range of critical duties, often playing psychologist, strategist, and quality control specialist all at once.  These managers are always striving for team cohesion. They’re also focusing on broader company goals and adhering to the stated mission—all of which becomes…

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5 goals for managers to prioritize

7 min read

When you establish specific goals at both the organizational and team levels, you instill accountability and purpose in your direct reports.

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How to build trust with employees

6 min read

Team cohesion is pivotal as your organization navigates the next phase of this crisis. But you can’t achieve cohesion without trust.

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How to maintain company culture when working remote

6 min read

Indefinite remote work has forced many companies to ask: How do we maintain our culture?

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Back to the office: Keys for safely returning people to the unknown

7 min read

If you’re tasked with coordinating, communicating, or deciding on any aspects of a return-to-office plan this year, we feel for you. Simply put, it’s an unenviable position to be in. Social distancing mandates vary from state to state, sometimes even town to town, and different businesses require different levels of in-person interaction to function efficiently….

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6 short virtual icebreakers designed to keep teams engaged

6 min read

Like them, love them or leave them, virtual icebreakers are a staple of our current remote work world. Online meetings are vital to remote team building and communication. But to keep people engaged, we need to avoid approaching them like drones or military sergeants.  Especially if you’re running regular stand-ups or check-ins, you need to…

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4 keys to an efficient daily standup agenda

8 min read

The daily standup meeting has taken on new significance in the socially distanced workplace. On some days, it’s the only human interaction remote team members get.  More extraverted employees may find themselves chomping at the bit when these discussions start. They’re eager to share what they have going on, but that eagerness needs to be…

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The merits of no-meeting blocks when leading remote teams

4 min read

No-meeting blocks are a great way to foster better remote work habits. Here are three reasons to consider implementing them within your organization.

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Building virtual leadership skills that last

7 min read

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re still figuring out what virtual leadership looks like. Maybe your business is familiar with this sort of experiment: Face-to-face meetings were replaced with video conferencing in an attempt to replicate the office environment, but Zoom or Skype fatigue eventually set in.  You’ve started re-evaluating which meetings are truly essential….

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How to stop micromanaging your teams and start promoting leadership

7 min read

What’s one thing all micromanagers have in common?  They don’t trust their people, and as we know, trust is at the core of any high-performing team.  Particularly in industries like tech, where autonomous work is essential to efficiency, micromanagement can be a morale killer. The best managers are adept at delegating work to highly engaged…

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3 steps to resolve workplace conflict efficiently

6 min read

We’ve all seen it. Two co-workers, like cars skidding toward a low-speed collision, are increasingly at odds with each other. Disagreements and miscommunications pile up, and the next thing you know they can barely speak to each other, let alone work well together. Workplace conflict isn’t just a headache for managers and team members. It…

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5 key takeaways from the Rethinking Your Business Strategy with Talent Optimization webinar

3 min read

If you didn’t get the chance to attend the May 19 webinar, Rethinking Your Business Strategy with Talent Optimization, read this blog post to get key takeaways from each speaker you can implement immediately at your own organization. Key takeaway #1: Organize your talent for adaptability. JD Conway, Head of Talent Acquisition at BambooHR: “We’ve…

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The best Zoom background for PI customers

2 min read

Are you a PI champion? In about 30 seconds, you can change your Zoom background to your PI Placard. Here’s how!

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How to inspire your managers to be steady, effective leaders

8 min read

This is an updated excerpt from our Surviving an Economic Downturn with Talent Optimization guide. You’ve come up with a revised business strategy. You’ve taken necessary and even difficult initial action in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.  The next steps are all about organizational resilience. Now you must inspire your people to push through…

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