Increased demands on teams sometimes move members to retreat into self-preservation mode, so consider team-building activities to improve trust and communication, writes Naphtali Hoff. Cohesive teams won't happen until leadership studies each individual's strengths and provides training where required, so they will succeed as individuals and collectively, he writes.
Projects often stall when internal support and interest dissipate and the focus is only on success versus what can be learned, writes Ed Batista. People should step away and read, write or converse about the project's progress to reconnect with its original purpose, he writes, quoting Karl Weick's essay, "How Projects Lose Meaning: The Dynamics of Renewal."
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Strategic inflection points are quickly navigated when every team is on board with changes that have to happen and skills gaps in the organization are closed, writes George Bradt. This process includes accelerating changes in the way people work, including management, to meet the goals, he writes.
Facebook may want to follow Instagram's model, where individual feeds are dominated by personal content versus unsolicited news and shares, writes Sarah Frier. Critics charge, however, that Instagram is open to the same data-privacy issues as Facebook, its parent company, she writes.
Make the most of your speech by using its conclusion to revisit its main points and purpose, writes Deborah Grayson Riegel. Invite questions to clarify any audience misunderstandings and inspire listeners to act on what they just learned, she writes.
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Machines will negatively affect smaller cities more than larger ones, according to researchers. Smaller cities don't have as many white-collar, high-skill jobs that are less vulnerable to automation, they note.
Arccos Golf CEO Sal Syed says he's relied on his board to help him manage a period of rapid growth for his young company. "So getting that guidance has been really, really important, because they are people who've seen how teams have grown and how to think about org structure and the needs of the company, and anticipate them before it's too late," he says.
Crew members standing guard 24/7 on ocean vessels might be dummies dressed to ward off pirates, writes Erin Van Rheenen. If you spy fortune-cookie-shaped objects along the lines while a ship's in port, they're blocking rats from scooting up from the dock.