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A blog about modern working

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ September 4, 2018

Learning to love the robots - the future of work

We live in times of rapid change. Every aspect of our lives is led and influenced by technology and nowhere is that more evident than in our working lives. We used to discuss the future of work in terms of decades ahead, when the pace of technological change means we could be working in very different ways in just a couple of years time.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ August 30, 2018

Keeping the conversation open with feedback

Managing a remote team is no walk in the park. For the team manager, the distance and the disconnect of the remote set up can be tough to handle. Keeping everyone progressing on a project and moving forward together can be harder to do when you’re not all in the same place. And what if something goes wrong? What if there’s an issue or someone needs support? How do we make sure they can get that help if they’re so dispersed and displaced?

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ August 27, 2018

New managers, your company needs you

There’s a first time for everything. In both our personal and our working lives, we learn as we go. These moments provide opportunities to grow, to improve, and to enrich our lives. These new hurdles can also be intimidating.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ August 21, 2018

Team communication: Keeping your remote team close

As more and more businesses begin to see the value in remote working, and as increasing numbers of the workforce demand the ability to work remotely, managers need to think in different ways.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ August 14, 2018

Are you sitting comfortably?

An interesting conversation broke out on my Twitter feed recently. A good friend - a photographer and filmmaker - mentioned that he was building a new editing studio and had installed a stand-up desk.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ August 10, 2018

Team Motivation: Morale and how not to lose the dressing room

Listening to the radio a couple of days ago, there was a discussion on how a team was suffering from low morale and that the manager had ‘lost the dressing room’. Its a common expression, and a common problem. Some set of external influences creep slowly into the dynamic of the team. The players see the problems in different ways, and this leads them down ever more dangerous paths.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ August 6, 2018

Maintaining the momentum of project management

So, you have a project. Its a big, important project, one that needs a full team effort to bring to completion. Time is ticking, though it's not yet against you. But if you don’t get moving soon, the project won’t stand a chance. You need to get going. Often, it's that first movement that becomes the first challenge of the project, the first hurdle. Project managers need to build momentum. Momentum feeds the project, because once it’s moving, momentum makes it difficult to stop. That’s a good thing. The beginning of any project is fraught with fears. Fear of the unexpected, maybe. Or a fear of the outcome. How to maintain the momentum? How do we prevent the project going off course, or worse, and never reaching its destination.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ July 31, 2018

Making meetings work for all

You’re having a good day. You’re meeting deadlines and the project you’ve been working on is progressing well. You’re enjoying your work, as you plough through your to-do list. It feels great to strike a line through each task, you feel you’re achieving.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ July 23, 2018

All it takes is one bad apple

Creating, building and maintaining a team can be a stressful enough task for leaders. So many factors play into the dynamic of the team, and the mood can change in the blink of an eye.

Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ July 17, 2018

The importance of the f-word

We are not robots. Well, I’m certainly not a robot, though I guess you may be. But what I mean is, we’re not meant to be robots. We don’t have to work like robots, behave like robots, or live like robots. Which is just as well, because we’re not robots.