To avoid confusion, clarify your role as a contractor and the employer's expectations before beginning a large project, freelance illustrator Jon Jones says in this article outlining several strategies. Implement "sprints" into your team's workflow to avoid long feedback loops between you and the client, says Gopika Prabhu, who runs a design firm.
The principal benefits of allowing employees to work remotely are well-known and documented, but there are other advantages that shouldn't be overlooked, writes John Feldmann of Insperity Recruiting Services. Among other things, having a remote team may allow you to prepare for natural disasters, foster independent thought and build a more inclusive workforce, he writes.
President Donald Trump and his aides have indicated that they expect to have the votes to pass a tax reform package. "Our economy cannot take off like it should unless we transform our outdated, complex and burdensome tax code, and that is exactly what we are proposing to do," Trump wrote in an opinion piece for USA TODAY.
Developing leaders from within takes work, starting with persuading people that they can and should take on a bigger role, writes Val Matta. "Employees want to be sure a new role will present opportunities for growth and challenges instead of preventing them from working on current projects and ideas they're interested in to simply supervise progress," Matta writes.
Co-workers who say irrational things, lie often and exhibit passive-aggressive behavior must be held accountable in order to maintain a healthy office environment. Be careful not to give them the satisfaction of knowing they got under your skin and document any instances of particularly unacceptable behavior, writes J.T. O'Donnell.
An inability to change your mind based on outcomes is an easy way to find yourself isolated and less successful, as the need to be right outweighs all else, Shane Parrish writes. Consider keeping a decision journal to see how your opinions are matching up with the real world.
This McKinsey analysis explores the key qualities of companies that successfully launch revenue-growing products, with a collaborative environment and adept strategy and planning being two such traits. "CEOs can raise the prestige of the launch of a product or service by being actively involved, from announcing launches to reviewing launch plans with the board," the McKinsey authors write.
Questions are essential to leadership no matter how strong the impulse is to simply tell people what to do, Scott Mabry writes. "To ask better questions we must be aware of the opportunities and focused on learning not just doing," argues Mabry.
"Courageous conversations" must be planned in terms of structure and emotional calm, writes Julia Felton. She advises focusing on five steps: clarity, curiosity, being coherent, being congruent and reaching closure together.
Recent studies have suggested that some background noise can help people concentrate and think more creatively, writes David Burkus. An actual office might be more distracting than a coffee shop, where you're able to avoid engaging with workers and being drawn into familiar conversations.
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