Extrinsic Versus Intrinsic Motivation: Which Drives You and Your Team, and What to Do About It

One of the beautiful things about humans is that we all think differently. And that goes beyond what we think into how we think.


30 Group Brainstorming Techniques to Find Your Next Great Idea

What is brainstorming? Simply defined, it is the process of coming up with new ideas or answers to problems. More specifically the concept of brainstorming in a business setting is the exchange of views amongst peers or teammates that are designed to generate creative ideas to improve procedures, fix issues, and increase productivity. While this


10 Simple Ways Your Agency Can Make Clients Happier

Do you know the old saying, “You can’t please all of the people all of the time?” Better rethink that if you work at a creative agency, where keeping all of your clients happy is one of the main rules of business. I’ll never forget the first time I got a gift from a client.


5 Reasons Why Your Team is Missing Tight Deadlines (And How to Fix it)

It’s easy to blame employees when they miss a tight deadline. But if this happens all the time, the problem might be the way their deadlines or tasks are structured. Employees can only do their best work if they have a supportive, organized environment to work in. Employers can make it easier for employees to


Why Knowledge Management is Crucial to Your Team’s Success

I’m not as addicted to affirmations as some people are. You won’t find the words of dead poets and living celebrities on mugs or in framed prints in my house. There is, however, one quote I like: “Knowledge is power.” History attributes this iconic phrase to Sir Francis Bacon, who included it in his 1597


Make Team Meetings Great Again: 10 Solutions to Your Biggest Meeting Problems

You woke up early this morning feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day’s workload. With a stop by the local bakery for a breakfast pastry, you can already feel your creative juices flowing for a productive day at the office. You got to work with time to spare and decided to check out your


12 Ways to Motivate Employees When You Can’t Pay Them More

In February 2017, Gallup released its report, State of the American Workplace. It consisted of data collected from over 350,000 respondents and did not contain good news for U.S. employers. The report’s findings indicated that 70% of American workers were either ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ at work, resulting in reduced productivity and emotional disconnection


Team Collaboration Strategies Your Team Should Start Using Today

Whether you are working with just one department or across several groups, team collaboration is a necessity in the workplace. When team members know each other better, they are able to communicate and work together. These collaboration strategies can range from using online tools to playing traditional, in-person games. When people feel free to communicate


The Secret of Successful KPI Metrics

If you’ve been a project manager for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the term “KPI metrics.” While these two words are commonly put together, it might surprise you that KPI metrics don’t actually exist. In fact, KPI and metrics are two different ideas all together. In this article, we’re going to define the


Why Cross Functional Collaboration Isn’t Working for Your Team (And How to Fix It)

If you’ve ever tried to collaborate with people from several different teams, you know that cross functional collaboration can be challenging. Sometimes, the team members don’t communicate well. Sometimes, the team members are inadvertently working towards opposite goals. Sometimes, the team just doesn’t “gel.” If you’re experiencing some issues with cross functional collaboration, rest assured


How to Simplify the Decision-Making Process

Simplicity is more of an art form than we realize. Albert Einstein once said that any fool can overly-complicate things. To move in the opposite direction- towards simplicity- requires a touch of genius. If there were ever a project manager mantra, this might be it. Too many organizations make their internal processes more complicated than


Brilliant SMART Goal Examples for Managers

Goal setting is a fundamental part of the project planning process. This has never changed, but thanks to advances in technology and the increasing complexity of most projects, you literally have to be SMARTer about it. SMART is both an acronym and an industry buzzword at the moment. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic,