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Test Your Management Style For The 7 Worst Habits

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Just like everyone else managers have their own bad habits and some of them affect the team’s ability to deliver on important projects. It’s always hard to see your own bad habits – to you they might seem like cute quirks, professionalism or even diplomacy.

You’re a good boss, right? Your team respects you, there’s camaraderie in the office, and you even get invited to all the social functions, right?

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Management Tools To Make Life Easier #techhacks

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Technology is advancing at a frightening rate. Mobile phones from five years ago are now relics of a by-gone era. Swiping has replaced clicking, desktops have been exchanged for tablets, and the English language has been swapped for emoji’s and abbreviations.

You don’t need to struggle or be left behind as technology evolves. Even if you’re a self-confessed computer dinosaur, there are ways to make it all easier. Use these 12 easy #techhacks (or ‘tips’ for those still learning) to stay cool at the computer and get more kudos from the hip kids.

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Get Rid of Nasty Errors from Your Reports Forever

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Make sure your next report in ProWorkflow has absolutely no grammar errors with these handy report writing tips from the team.

You wouldn’t speak like a slouchy teenager and expect to be taken seriously at work – and your written grammar is just as important as a first impression is for your ideas. Being accurate in your reports is important so the issues or facts you are taking about aren’t overshadowed by typos and bad English. If you demonstrate an eye for detail and care enough to go the extra mile to check your reports thoroughly your boss will appreciate it and it might just count in your next pay review.

Sometimes even if you take the time to give your masterpiece a good old-fashioned proofread and spell check, there are some common errors that are easy to make. Print out this grammar checklist and have it handy when you check your reports to make sure you mop up all of those mistakes.

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Part Two: Motivating your team with words and more

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If you have read part one then you will know how to ‘light a fire’ in the belly of your team and find their real motivations and passions. Next up you will learn how to use this insight to get results. All good management practice follows some basic core principles. Here are five of those key practices so you can see just how effective you can make a team when they are motivated.

Wayne Gretzky, just the great American hockey player once said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” so take a shot and encourage your team to do the same.

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Part One: Light a fire in the belly of your team

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To deliver a successful project you need an enthusiastic team working well together. When everyone knows what they are trying to accomplish individually, and they are committed to the whole project, all the individuals become something so much greater than the sum of its parts. Working with a group of like-minded people when everybody is willingly collaborating and spurring each other on, is when great things happen.

Norman Vincent Peale said it best “there is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

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Four Features of Great UK Project Management Tools

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Looking for project management software in the United Kingdom can be overwhelming, with so much choice available it is hard to know where to start. The biggest risks a business can face when moving to a new software platform is resistance from the team.

People are always the most important resource for a small business or agency so you want to make sure they are happy with any choice. Transitions will be smoother if the program you choose is user-friendly and staff feel supported while they learn the new system.

Customer services assistance for your team is crucial, so make sure the provider has a great team of support professionals. Be smart and save time and money while you look for project management software, which will save you time and money, and look for these important features:

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The UK’s Best Creatives Talk Project Management Tools

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Finding the right project management software doesn’t have to mean getting lost in an intimidating mass of options. Narrow your scope and save time, just check for the same key features that the UK’s best creative and design agencies look for when they choose professional tools that work.

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How the Biggest US Companies Run Their Projects – 5 Steps To Better Workflow Management

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The US has some of the biggest corporations on the planet, Wal-Mart, Chevron, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, Google and all those businesses need to coordinate hundreds of projects. All these organisations use workflow software solutions and know how important being in the driver’s seat of an important assignment is to the success of a project.

Even finding the best workflow software is a challenge in itself but the good news is, other have gone before and learned those lessons for you. There are ways to work smarter rather than harder. Here’s how to find the best software for your business, plan your project, stay on track and make sure your project management software does the heavy lifting for you.

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Don’t Get Up – How to Be Happier While You Sit At Your Desk- Part Two

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So you think it is possible to be happy at work while you manage projects, budget and plan, but most of the time but you struggle to find the lighter side of life and end up scowling your way through the day?

You are part way there if you believe you could be happy simply by making a few changes to the way you live. Trying new things can bring untold benefits, so try these techniques to germinate some joy in you subconscious. Continue reading →

Don’t Get Up – How to Be Happier While You Sit At Your Desk – Part One

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As society rockets through the information age, we are becoming increasingly dependent on computers, the internet and emails. In this day, if a business doesn’t have a website, it simply doesn’t exist. Email is a normal form of conversation and companies would flounder if they didn’t have email for as little as a week. This reliance on computers and technology means we’re switching to office based work in droves and plenty more bums are and will be parked on ergonomically-designed swivel chairs.

So what’s the big deal? Shouldn’t we be satisfied that we’ve eliminated the need to toil in the fields for twelve hours a day? Well no, not really. It turns out that all that toiling (well maybe not all twelve hours of it) was actually good for us. You see human beings are not meant to remain seated for the majority of our waking hours. It brings on restlessness, stress, is linked to depression and can contribute to a growing waistline.

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