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Working Out Loud as a People Manager

Working Out Loud as a People Manager

Do you want to deepen your relationships with your team members? Working Out Loud (WOL) could be a methodology for you. In this blog article I will go through how a people manager like yourself can work out loud in Office 365 and the investigate what effects it can have. What is Working Out Loud? The term Working Out Loud was first coined by Bryce Williams in 2010 and he defined it as Observable Work (share your work in places where others can see it, follow it, and contribute to it in process) + Narrating Your Work (writing about what you are doing…
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Nudging as a method for helping your people adopt Office 365

Nudging as a method for helping your people adopt Office 365

During spring of 2020, many of use has had to change our behavior in respect of social distancing, washing of our hands, staying home when feeling the slightest illness, etc. In many societies the concept of "nudging" has been used as one method for getting people to alter their behavior and it could very well be that you have been nudged in the right direction without even realizing it. Nudging is based on the idea of not overloading people with information, but instead send out signals to help them do what is best for themselves and for the people around…
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How to develop robust habits for OneNote

How to develop robust habits for OneNote

It is important to make it as easy as possible to do the behaviours. So seeing up OneNote in a right way is crucial for you to be able to success with your new habit of using OneNote for managing your notes. Yes, it requires work. And yes it requires some learning. But without it gaining the habit of using OneNote for your note taking will be so much more difficult. Adding some friction to performing the old habit And as post of this is to friction to executing the old behavior in note taking. Maybe you have taken your…
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How to develop robust habits for Microsoft To-Do

How to develop robust habits for Microsoft To-Do

If you want to get into the habit of using the app To-Do for your daily task management, here are some suggestions as to what you can do. If you haven't read our general analysis of habits for Office 365, I recommend you do that first. The advice in this post build on that page, you see. Reduce the task. One suggestion is that you aim for fulfilling the follow habit for a number days: "I will open up the To-Do app every morning and perform the "My Day" planning for one task". Do you think it feels silly to…
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How to develop robust habits for Office 365

How to develop robust habits for Office 365

Going from not making use of a specific app of Office 365 to using it on a daily basis requires the development of new habits (either one or several). In this post I'll take a look at how you can successfully develop new habits for the various Office 365 apps. Developing habits for the digital workplace is no different from developing habits for other areas in your life. So we can use the theory and practice of habit formation proposed by experts such as BJ Fogg, James Clear and Charles Duhigg (for good resources on habit formation, see our Resource…
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How you can keep up with the changes in Office 365

How you can keep up with the changes in Office 365

One aspect of taking on leadership for the digital workplace is to learn and use the apps of Office 365. When you are doing that you will notice that from one day to the next some features could have been added (and others removed or at least moved). Office 365 being a cloud platform allows Microsoft to do rapid development and release (as compared to the traditional distribution via CD-ROM:s). In this article we cover how you as a leader can keep up with the changes that are released for Office 365. First, let's take a look at why it…
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The productivity scenarios for Office 365 we cover

The productivity scenarios for Office 365 we cover

What exactly is a productivity scenario? Well, it answers the question: "How can I use Office 365 for achieving my wanted result?". In our productivity scenarios we provide a specific context, the apps that is to be used, and the expected value of the scenario. We also include the expected challenges that people before you have experienced. The productivity scenarios that we cover are listed below. For your personal productivity as a leader As a leader for the digital workplace, knowing how to handle your own personal information effectively is a key factor. It is true that your colleagues might…
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Leadership for the digital workplace

Leadership for the digital workplace

Let's start by taking a look at leadership for the digital workplace. First, leadership is not the same as management (which refers to the role in the organization's structure), so you don't have to be a manager in order to lead for the digital workplace. Instead it is about inspiring others and not being afraid to take action. In general for the digital workplace, there's a lack of people who are willing to venture into the unknown and then guide the others to follow, like a pioneer. Surely, there's a great deal of hurdles on the way, e.g. complexity and…
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Scenario-based training for Office 365

Scenario-based training for Office 365

What is a scenario for Office 365?Let's start with investigating what we define as a scenario. A scenario starts out with a strong people-centric approach, and leaves out the technology for the time being.We start with describing a situation at work, where usually there is one or several people who want to accomplish something.It could be: "I have to schedule a meeting with my team members, and allow for a structured approach to communicating before the meeting, run the meeting and take meeting notes that we can use to steer our actions after the meeting". How could I best accomplish this in…
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How to plan for the setup of a Team

How to plan for the setup of a Team

This morning a very pertinent question was raised by one of our Facebook community members where she was experiencing a problem in naming the channels for her newly created Team. Traditionally it's to the project manager the project members go to find the information they need but do not yet have access to. And the project manager provides that information either orally, by email, or at meetings. Now with Teams it is possible to let that information reside openly for everybody to access when they need to. This is a must if the project members are to be able to…
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