6 Tips for Getting Your Team to Work Together

"Collaboration" has become a pretty big buzzword in the modern business world. Every company hopes that cloud technologies and content sharing platforms will enable its staff to efficiently work together, no matter where they are. But unless leaders are truly committed to creating a culture of collaboration, their employees will never reap the full benefits of these tools.

"A collaborative culture should be something that employees feel, rather than something that the executive team talks about," said Kevin Lynch, CEO of cloud content collaboration service Volerro. "[When this happens], it inspires a sense of community within an organization, while driving productivity, insight and innovation."

To truly make cloud collaboration technologies work for your business, you first need to show your team how to work well together. Lynch shared six simple ways to encourage an open, cooperative workplace:

•Set team goals. Use timelines, plans and structured content that clearly define current and future goals for the team. This way, all team members can share a distinct point of view.

•Foster a creative environment. Allow team members to brainstorm in an open, non-judgmental framework that embraces the team's diversity. 

•Build cohesion. Create a means of communicating that allows for easy workflow, establishes a distinct set of priorities and makes all colleagues feel included. Keeping everyone on the same playbook enables team members to focus and flourish.

•Visualize ideas. Provide team members the opportunity to use visuals to clarify and share their ideas at the simplest level. You can do this with anything from rough sketches to full-scale presentations.

•Break down barriers. Using multiple channels of communication such as email, phone and text messaging can ultimately create barriers to successful collaboration. Agree upon and enlist just one channel that allows the team to communicate efficiently and effectively.

•Execute. With all of the focus on idea creation, don't forget the most important step: acting on the good ones. Nothing will kill employees' desire to create new ideas faster than a failure to implement existing proposals.

Fuente: Business News Daily.

4 maneras de hacer la transición de Trabajador a Manager

Recordad que el trabajo de los managers no es gestionar gente. Nadie quiere ser gestionado. Sin embargo, incluso el más obstinado de nosotros apreciamos ser guiados. Por lo tanto, se un manager, pero actúa como un líder.

Como manager hay muchos caminos que puedes tomar para evitar el fracaso. La transición de trabajador a gerente puede ser abrumador. Ser gerente requiere un nivel de transparencia y confidencialidad que los trabajadores no directivos, rara vez tienen que utilizar.

 La comunicación uno-a-uno en persona es a menudo la manera más fácil de establecerse para los managers primerizos:

 1.Establece expectativas claras.

 2.Pon de relieve el propósito, rol y las tareas de los trabajadores para eliminar cualquier ambigüedad.

 3.Corrige a los empleados cuando hacen algo mal.

 4.Alaba a los empleados cuando hacen las cosas bien.

 Si cumples estas los cuatro reglas hay una posibilidad muy buena de que tengas éxito.