Suzanne S. Davenport

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If you have ever taken a multi-generational family vacation, you have probably learned something about embracing organizational change, even if you didn’t recognize it as such. Otherwise, you were left out of the fun and perhaps spent too much time feeling grumpy and down in the dumps.

Like it or not, change is a part of life and work, and it can feel overwhelming. For many, the increasing speed of technological breakthroughs contributes to a tendency towards resistance, and at the same time, technology breakthroughs offer us opportunities to solve major global problems.

For smaller businesses that are just clicking…

Many writers have written on the importance of developing positive habits, eliminating destructive habits, and how to stack habits for success. I’m interested in understanding which personal habits drive your team’s success. Personally, I’m in the process of reassessing my personal habits. It does my co-workers no good if I’m not functioning as well as I should.

Before I outline the personal habits that I’m finding are important for team success, there are some foundations that should be established.

Understand your personal goals first

Teams will never perform at their peak when individuals have not aligned their personal goals with those of the company. For…

Everyone seems to have a different idea about habits, what they are, and what’s important. But many agree that people with good habits seem to perform better than those with poor habits. So, does the same concept apply to businesses and teams? I believe so. I see groups with strong and effective team habits perform better than those with poor habits. Or no habits.

What is a team habit? It’s a phrase that is thrown around some, but I’m not sure that anyone has done a particularly noteworthy job of defining it. I’ll suggest that we look at team habits…

Recently, I wrote a blog on when co-located teams and workforces are most important. Since I regularly work with teams that are disbursed, I began thinking about when it helps to have distributed workforces.

I was listening to a young professional discuss her years long experience with Zoom meetings recently. She remarked that the people on her team who worked outside of the main office had slowly become more visible during the COVID pandemic. With everyone reduced to small squares on a monitor, a certain equality had evolved — eliminating the togetherness that the home office team had felt when…

We are coming out of this virus and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Some of us are still hoping it’s not a train. And many businesses are beginning to rethink their co-located teams and a requirement that people physically report to work. Goldman Sachs, under the leadership of David Solomon, is requiring most workers to return to offices full time. Meanwhile, nearby Citibank, led by Jane Fraser, has announced that most workers will be allowed to choose a more hybrid approach.

Set aside the obvious difficulty for parents, suddenly faced with child-care challenges. And put aside…

I was talking with a young professional recently who was considering abandoning her lifelong career goal — for one simple reason. She was just beginning to dip her feet into this professional arena and she was simply tired of more than one jerk at work. They weren’t people who were breaking any particular laws or violating ethical boundaries. They were just arrogant ego heads, completely uninterested in her young perspective. What a shame!!

Put aside the disappointment and lack of support that she is feeling. Ask yourself if you also have gone through times when you were simply exhausted from…

As an individual, I’m incredibly interested in how to achieve “flow state” more easily and frequently. And so, I’m drawn to writings on that. But in my business ventures, I have questioned how to help teams achieve higher team flow. Most of what I know I learned before high school, from singing in choirs, dancing on stage, and playing in orchestras — as a kid, who wasn’t all that talented. Maybe you had some of these same experiences, or were yours more related to sports teams?

Being initially inclined to discount childhood learnings for how they might help a million…

Recently, I wrote a blog on keeping task lists super simple. I mentioned that I’m always focused on what’s important now. Various writers and coaches have abbreviated this as WIN — and suggested that focusing on what’s most important now is one key to success.

But if you are working with teams, how can you all quickly figure out what’s important now for the team? In this blog, I outline several different scenarios and offer a suggestion for each. But more importantly, I toss out a lot of questions for you to ask yourself. …

Are you juggling a personal task list that contains items from a host of different places? Or struggling to find a way to manage your to-do items? For years, I wished for an easier way to visualize the many items I need to remember to do. They originate from various client assignments in different tools, to my online calendar notes and Evernote captures. They can include household chores, emailed requests, and even those pesky sticky notes lying around. …

I vaguely remember a judge talking about pornography many years ago. He said he couldn’t define what it was, but he would know it when he saw it. Sometimes when I think about planning project quality, I remember that comment.

I experienced that exact same feeling when I recently rebuilt my own website. If a project manager had asked me to define what quality I was looking for, or how I would measure it, I couldn’t have done that. I was hopeless and didn’t know what I wanted. But, I was just pretty sure I would know it when I…

Suzanne S. Davenport

Writes on project management, leadership, team building, and value delivery. Imagining work management in the future. Smartprojex.com

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