3 Ways to Get Your Team to Work Together

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Teamwork is a skill that is sadly neither taught nor practiced well enough in the modern workplace. Some might argue it isn’t taught well enough to children in school either, which leads to issues in the workplace. This is an odd state of affairs given the obvious and proven benefits of good teamwork and the well understood principles of teaching and practicing it in all areas of life.

Unless you’re dealing with a group of wildly dysfunctional people, it is not difficult to get a group to work together, especially professionals who are being paid to do a job. Teaching teamwork is a combination of knowledge, leadership, basic psychology and will. Once you instill these ideals in your team, you’ll see a drastic improvement.

Camaraderie

Anyone who has watched an inspirational film or read a story about one or more characters facing difficult circumstances has likely experienced camaraderie. Those who have participated in any kind of ensemble activity like a team competition has as well. The battle cry of “we’re all in this together” is designed to inspire people to realize they won’t make much progress alone.

Instilling this sensibility in a group of people is the first step towards building a team.

Leadership

Selfish instincts must be replaced with regard for the people around the individual. The fastest way to make this happen is to identify strengths in each individual and require every person to teach their strengths to the others. This egalitarian approach to leadership forces team members to rely on each other instead of wandering off to look for a solution on their own. Teaching also encourages the natural leaders to step forward.

Rebuilding

One needs to only look at the armed forces to see this dynamic in action. A new platoon of recruits is broken down by the drill sergeant and then built back up. The key to the process is the fact they are all experiencing these dynamics together. They get stronger and more capable together. They earn the opportunity to take charge of the barracks, the gear, the weapons and the uniforms. Each recruit gets a chance to lead. This brings camaraderie and leadership together into a powerful mixture.

The measurable result of great teamwork is indisputable. There are decades of stories in team sports, military victories, and even academic settings that prove there are few things more effective in any environment where goals are set and achieved. Teaching teamwork is therefore one of the most generous and powerful things anyone can do.

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Manage Your Time Like a True Champion

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Far too many people catch themselves falling behind on deadlines or work they need to get done. Maybe you knew about a project a few weeks ago, yet you find yourself a week away from your deadline and realize you’ve barely made progress and have no idea how you’ll find the time necessary to devote to getting everything done. Learn how to actually manage your time so you can enjoy the free time you’ll have!

Identify time wasting

The first step to getting time management under control is learning where you’re wasting time. You might not realize how often you check your phone throughout the day or get distracted by a website or something else. Set your phone away from you when you need to focus on something at hand and consider looking into apps and extensions that block certain sites during specified times.

Decide what’s most important

At the start of each day, take time to figure out what tasks you need to get done for that day. Prioritize these tasks by importance and tackle the most important/difficult task first. We often avoid a looming task because we know it’ll take a significant amount of time and effort, but this approach ends up harming us much more in the long run. Once you get that big task over with, you’ll find everything else much easier to handle.

Say no to unnecessary tasks

For overachievers, it’s all too common that you often say yes to things you just don’t have time to take on or even really want to do. Instead of always saying yes, consider whether or not what you’re trying to do is actually necessary. Do not feel bad telling someone no, especially if it’s not a pressing issue or you have something that seriously needs your focus.

Take care of yourself

Self care is an incredibly important aspect of life that many people overlook. You could be the busiest person in the world and have multiple businesses to run, but you need to take some time to focus on yourself. Take a little bit of time at the end of each day to meditate, exercise, read, or anything else that helps you unwind. This small amount of time helps decrease your stress and makes focusing much easier throughout the day.

Plan out your entire day

Whether you do this step every day, once a week, or both, you need to take time to plan out what you’re doing at all times throughout the day. You don’t have to go overboard and plan out every single minute; in fact, you should allow yourself some buffer time in case something comes up that throws off your schedule. But, it’s incredibly helpful for time management to set deadlines for yourself and keep track of everything you need to accomplish each day. Use a physical planner, your phone’s calendar, or both, and you’ll feel much more organized.

Here are 5 Email Resources to Save Your Philanthropy

No matter what you’re doing, whether it’s running your own business, going to school, or working for a philanthropy, you’re going to need to use email. People communicate primarily over email, especially if they’re trying to get into contact with an organization. If you’re in charge of that organization, you’ll be bombarded by dozens, if not hundreds, of emails a day. You likely also send dozens of emails a day, trying to keep track of whether or not someone responded. If this situation sounds familiar to you, it’s time to use some of the fantastic email resources out there that can make your life much easier and more organized. Check out a few of my favorites here.

Touchstone Subject Line Analyzer

As a nonprofit, you’re likely sending out a fair amount of emails, letting people know about events, asking for donations, and searching for volunteers and sponsors. This tool shows you what your projected open rates will be, along with plenty of other stats. You get this information by sharing your email with Touchstone’s database and it gives you an estimate of what your results should be once you actually send the email; if you aren’t satisfied with the estimated results, you have the chance to tweak your email before sending.

The Best of Email

A resource you really need to check out is The Best of Email’s Inspiration Gallery. This gallery provides users with high quality email examples they can use as inspiration when creating their own marketing emails. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a high likelihood you’ll find it in The Best of Email’s Inspiration Gallery.

Flashissue

If you’re sending newsletters about a specific topic, which is pretty common for philanthropies, Flashissue allows you to pull information from all over the web to include in your newsletter. Flashissue summarizes the content and you can then tailor the information to better fit your newsletter. It also provides you with ways to send your newsletter across various social media platforms.

The Hemingway App

I personally find The Hemingway App incredibly useful, since it makes sure the content you’re sending is readable. You can use the app for anything, not just something being sent over email. The Hemingway App helps you make sure your writing is free of grammatical errors and also shows you how to write in a way that anyone can understand it. When you’re working with a philanthropy and are incredibly knowledgeable on the subject, this tool is useful when you’re trying to explain your mission and function to the general public.

Boomerang

Boomerang is a fantastic tool for philanthropies because it helps you sort through the large volume of mail you’re constantly receiving. This resource allows you to schedule your emails to send at any time and re-sends you emails that you do not have time to read when you first receive them. It prevents you from missing emails or forgetting to send them in the first place. You can even set up notifications for when an email is read or if someone hasn’t responded for a few days.