How to keep pace with your team

September 25th, 2012 by Julian Corlet

Staying up to date with everything that is going on within your department can seem like an insurmountable challenge (and taken literally, it is). In this post, I'll run through some approaches for identifying where your attention is most needed and once identified,  how to gather the information you need without placing too great a burden on your or your team members' time.

Ask your team for regular, written updates

I'll admit to some bias here, as this is the core activity that my company Reportify addresses, but I am a strong believer that having your team provide a written status update each week is an important component of effective team management. There are the concrete benefits of having a written record of a team member's activities, however an often overlooked benefit is that your direct interactions with that team member then tend to be more personal and less about exchanging facts.

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5 tips for managing the human side of a restructure

September 14th, 2012 by Julian Corlet

Restructures are an increasingly frequent reality of corporate life. As a line manager, it's easy to feel powerless and not only do you have your own fate to worry about, but the fate of your team members too. On the other hand, it's a situation where you can make a real difference in the lives of your team. If this is the situation that's facing you, here are some tips for navigating the murky waters ahead.

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Introducing Reportify

September 11th, 2012 by Julian Corlet

Welcome to the Reportify blog. My name is Julian Corlet and I'm the founder of Reportify. I have big goals for both the company and this blog.

For the company, I believe we are in the early stages of a shift in the business software market from large general purpose applications, deployed and managed on-site to smaller cloud based software products targetted at solving one problem really well. Reportify aims to be a part of that shift.

For the blog, I plan to share some insights from my own experiences with managing teams and with any luck, add some new thoughts on the intersection between people management and technology.

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more!