any manager or leader in the average workplace and they will tell you that
project management is pivotal to their team's success and to the company's bottom
line. They will also tell you that the nature of project management is changing
along with larger changes in the workforce.
discussed in (past posts here,
here and here ), we are experiencing the
rise of a mobile workforce
that will number in the billions by the end of this year. The new workplace ecosystem thrives on remote collaboration and virtual teamwork. As this article on The Diverse And Digital Workforce suggests, adapting the old
to the new is a challenge that every business organization - and each one of us
- needs to rise to in order to survive and thrive.
starting point, it is important to learn about - and learn how to use - the
latest project collaboration and management tools designed with remote workers
in mind. To facilitate the learning curve, we culled this library of informative
articles and posts:
shift how we engage in work collaboration and project management, we do not
have to lose sight of traditional approaches that might still suit our
businesses and us.
have tips on new project collaboration and management tools, please share them
with us. We would also like to know which traditional approaches you are still
using and why. We will report on your feedback in future posts.
by Bradley Eggers
been to the supermarket checkout counter lately? (And, by lately, I mean
anytime in the last 30 or so years.) Look down to your left and/or right and
you will see magazine racks filled with the likes of People, Star and National
Enquirer. The evidence is right there in black and white: We are a
truth was exposed in a powerful 1976 issue of New York
Magazine devoted to the topic of gossip :
spirit of triviality lurking in the bosom of the average newspaper reader will
never be quenched, and is indeed now blazing up more fiercely than ever before.
Fast forward a few decades and most of us can confirm how this truth plays out today
well beyond the tabloids to blaze
fiercely in our daily work lives.
experts disagree about the nature of gossip in the workplace. On the one hand,
some hold the view that it is a toxic and destructive force. This post on workplace gossip,
for example, discusses how the rumor mill typically "breeds resentment and
becomes a roadblock to effective communication and collaboration." On the other
hand, some experts see gossip as conducive to camaraderie and a positive work
environment. This view is nicely captured in a recent
article that asks: Might Office Gossip Be Good
cites an Indiana University study and other research
findings confirming that the workplace gossip mill "forges connections, builds
trust, provides a means of learning unwritten social norms and offers a way of
comparing ourselves with others." Proponents of this view consider gossip a
social skill that provides a positive and powerful outlet for people who might
otherwise be voiceless in the workplace. However, even those who see gossip's
good side recognize that it is usually unpleasant to be on the receiving end as
it can "feel malicious and exclusionary."
What do you think of the workplace gossip mill?
Is it a constructive, destructive or neutral force? We invite you to share your
thoughts and experiences with us here and on our the Beyond Folders Community's
Twitter and Facebook pages.
by Candie Harris
Who are you?
It is a timeless
posed it to Alice in Wonderland. The Who made it an anthem of their generation. And most of us would likely admit to asking it to ourselves
from time to time.
But knowing who we are is
more than just a personal matter. As business management expert Tom Peters observed in his seminal 1997 Fast Company article, The
Brand Called You:
We are CEOs of our own companies:
Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer
for the brand called You.
As Peters noted, over the
last two decades, we have changed the way we work. For most of us, normal
business life now consists of regularly switching jobs and occasionally
shifting careers. One constant in this steady stream of change is our personal
brand - the unique constellation of skills, interests, traits, passions
and perspectives that we bring to our work.
to Dan Schawbel,
author of Me 2.0:
Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success ,
personal branding is an ongoing "process by which we market ourselves to
others." It is also a constant process of learning how others perceive us. You
know you are doing a good job of branding yourself, Schawbel says, "when
self-impression is equal to perception (how you describe yourself is how other
people describe you)."
personal branding process starts with a good bit of candid self-scrutiny. Being
as clear and specific as possible, you should identify:
need some additional guidance, here are some great online resources on
identifying, building and managing your personal brand:
personal branding is an ongoing process, we consider this an ongoing dialogue
on a very important topic. We welcome your comments, questions and experience
shares about personal branding and look forward to continuing the conversation
here and throughout the Beyond Folders Community.
by Carly Fadako
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.