Real Leadership is Built on Trust

Being positive all the time doesn’t work

If you think always having a smile on your face will boost or maintain team morale, you’re wrong. It will work for some time, however, when cracks begin to show you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of really tough questions like “were you aware of this?” and “why didn’t you let us know sooner?”

This puts you in a worse place than you would be in if you just spoke up about the issues at hand. It’s not easy to open up about problems because you don’t want your team to get discouraged. However, having your team temporarily upset is so much better than having your team distrust you.
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Stress Management on Freelance Projects

For the past 4 years, I have freelanced as a Product Manager/UX Designer. More specifically, I’ve partnered with designers and developers to ship software for Clients. I’ve also defined the experiences and interfaces for the software we’ve shipped.

Over these years, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve screamed, slammed tables and sulked in a corner of my dark room.

Now, my freelance career is far less stressful. I look back and laugh at those moments in embarrassment. I’ve acquired a core set of beliefs that have helped me significantly reduce stress and focus more on the eustress that comes with my work.
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Timeboxing Will Increase Your Productivity

Timeboxing is when you allocate a fixed time period to a planned activity. In my experience, this is the most cost-effective way to increase productivity. After all, it’s FREE.

I discovered timeboxing years back as a Digital Strategist putting together pitch presentations on very tight timelines. I needed time management solutions to make the most use of my time. Continue reading “Timeboxing Will Increase Your Productivity”