Episode 220: Methods for Robust Brainstorm Sessions
Brainstorming is a method of developing ideas in a group setting. It's used to solve problems, come up with new ideas, and generally explore possibilities. While it may seem like a simple task, there’s often much more than meets the eye when it comes to effective brainstorming. Working through various exercises helps you not only generate ideas but also deeply understand the situation you are looking at. This miniguide includes a list of prompts to help boost your brainstorming sessions. The full guide includes four additional approaches to enhancing brainstorming and a sample brainstorm meeting agenda.
Episode 216: Design the Optimal Team Meeting
Almost every team has had some sort of regular team meeting and yet many people complain that these team meetings are necessary, but not very meaningful. The time we spend with our colleagues is precious. Our team meetings are an opportunity to move work forward while strengthening the team. This miniguide includes an overview of 2 factors to consider when designing a team meeting and one example meeting structures, formats, and prework to consider using as a model for your team. The full episode guide includes 4 additional factors to consider when designing a team meeting along with 3 additional examples of team meeting structures.
Episode 212: Prepare for Vacation Time Out of the Office
While it’s supposed to be rejuvenating, taking time off can be quite stressful when you’re worried about work the whole time. Whether it’s returning to an overflowing inbox or concern for how your colleagues are getting on without you, stressing while away from the office (or worse, not taking time off!) is detrimental to your wellbeing. This mini-guide includes an excerpt of Principle #3 to help prepare well for vacations. The full guide includes 4 additional principles, plus more tips for Principle 3, to help you effectively prepare for time away. It also includes tips and a template for communicating tasks effectively to your team members so there's no confusion.
Episode 208: The Personal Instruction Manual
Most people have a general idea about how their colleagues or team members work best. You may occasionally pick up a random fact about a person's personality or work style, but it's rare to have the full picture. The result: we are frustrated by our coworkers because we don’t understand them and they don’t understand us. This miniguide includes an excerpt of the full self reflection questions used as part of the Personal Instruction Manual process. To get the full set of reflection questions and the PIM template, become a member at www.themodernmanager.com/join or purchase them at www.themodernmanager.com/shop.
Episode 204: How to Get and Stay Focused
We live in an age of distractions. No matter what we're doing, we are constantly at the mercy of internal and external distractions. These attention-breakers have serious consequences on our quality of work. The good news is that wish our growing knowledge of the brain and improved technology, there are specific steps we can take to increase attention and improve focus. This mini-guide includes the "focus matrix" with an excerpt of tips from one quadrant. The full guide includes tips and suggestions for how to focus from all four quadrants of the matrix.