Team building is an important aspect of being a manager. Most organizations know the importance of building and fostering teams, but building an effective team requires ongoing work and input from managers. Rather than limiting teams to what each member can do on their own, the key is to unite your team around a common goal, which will raise productivity.
Huffington Post shares five steps to build an effective team:
What tips do you have to build an effective team? Share what has worked for you in the comment box below.
According to a new study, your Myers-Briggs personality type (MBTI) could predict what your career path will look like. Yes, your chances of career success could depend on whether you’re an ENFJ or ISFP.
Not familiar with Myers-Briggs? The personality assessment traces the patterns in your behavior and assigns you to one of 16 personality types. It gives you a framework for understanding yourself and appreciating the differences in others. You can take the Myers-Briggs personality assessment here.
Over 25,000 people participated in the MBTI study and it broke down how people with different Myers-Briggs personality types fair when it comes to job satisfaction, performance and even average income. The study found that your personality type can make a huge impact on your career path.
You can see the full study findings here.
Think back to this time last year and the New Year’s resolutions and goals that you made – did you stick with them? If you’re like most people then probably not. What if this year could be different? It can!
TED tells us that there’s a science to setting goals. Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist at Stanford, shares four research-backed tips to help you craft and carry out successful goals below.
There are plenty of things to distract us from work the is time of year – holiday gatherings, office parties, traveling, etc. Luckily, Kory Kogan, a global productivity practice leader for Franklin Covey, spoke with Fast Company about how to focus on what you need to be successful this holiday season.
You can see even more tips on staying productive during the holidays here.
You may be a seasoned professional, but it’s always smart to brush up on your professional etiquette. If you want to leave a positive and lasting impression, you need to know what to say and how to act.
Careerealism has created a quiz to test your professional etiquette. Take a minute to answer the professional etiquette questions below:
1. Your email address looks most like:
2. After a job interview, you:
(a) Send a thank you note right away
(b) Send a thank you note a couple of days later
(c) Don’t send a thank you note
3. During meetings, you:
(a) Pay attention closely, ask questions and take notes
(b) Listen, but only speak up when you’re called on
(c) Text the entire time
4. Your emails are generally:
(a) Brief and to the point, but well-written
(b) Long and vague
(c) Riddles with both spelling and grammatical errors
Okay, you’ve probably caught on by now — if you answered mostly As you’re an expert at professional etiquette. You know exactly what to do when it comes to etiquette in the workplace. If you answered mostly Bs, you know the basics but there are a few situations that you don’t know how to answer. Mostly Cs? Your etiquette skills need work. Figure out which areas you need to improve and work on them.
You can take the full 10-question quiz below:
What qualities make a strong leader? In one leadership study, qualities such as assertiveness, adaptability, intelligence and conscientiousness were cited as most important.
So how can you embrace these characteristics and become a better leader? Consider the following tips:
What characteristics do you admire in great leaders?
Just because you have created a LinkedIn profile doesn’t guarantee that recruiters are going to find you. In order to land your dream job, you need to actually do something with your LinkedIn account. Below are a few LinkedIn reminders for job seekers from YouTern:
After you’ve spent some time optimizing your LinkedIn profile to land your dream job, connect with me on LinkedIn.
When was the last time you evaluated your LinkedIn profile? You don’t need to do a full analysis, just a quick check up to see if all of the important information is there. If you have 10 minutes to spare then you’ve got time for a LinkedIn profile makeover.
LinkedIn is important to career management these days so take a few minutes to freshen your LinkedIn profile. You can see more tips on updating your profile here.
It’s important to know your strengths when trying to find a job. What are you great at? Which skill sets are most useful? What type of work environments do you thrive in? One way to keep track of your strengths and interests is a brag sheet.
What is a brag sheet? The Ladders defines a brag sheet as a place to record all your professional accomplishments and contributions. Here are five tips to help you build your own powerful brag sheet that can help advance your career:
Take some time to create your own brag sheet using these tips.
Why start a blog? Blogging gives you the opportunity to write about a sector, interview industry experts, attend conferences in your field, define and redefine your point of view to get the attention of those in your chosen field who may want to hire you.
Below are blogging best practices from Forbes:
First Have a Goal
Your blog can be anything you want. But to make it work for you, you should first have a goal, says John Rampton, founder of Blogging.org and PPC.org. Rampton said it’s important to figure out what you want your blog to do, and to figure out the topics and, importantly, the keywords, to use in your posts.
What’s Your Business Model?
According to social media consultant Jay Baer, you also need to figure out your business model before you start. Do you want your blog to drive consulting work, do you want to get paid for blogging, do you want to get a job out of it? Baer suggests bloggers sharpen their focus by identifying the audience they’re targeting and the questions that audience has so they can provide the right answers.
Blog on Schedule
Most blogging experts concur that if you don’t publish regularly, you’ll fail to get traction. The more you post, the more eyeballs ultimately find their way to your blog, with the majority of eyeballs coming through search. And the more you use popular keywords for your category, they higher you will rank with Google, the holy grail of bloggers (and pretty much everybody.)
Help Your Readers
Keep in mind that to get readers you need to provide a service in the form of information and problem-solving. Think about the problems your target audience currently has, and who, if not you, might have some answers. That question will guide your interviewing efforts and help you identify and find resolution for issues in your new sector. Sharing the goal of helping others should embolden you to reach out to industry experts since showcasing their ideas on your blog is beneficial to them and their organization.