Optimize Your Meetings with Meeting Rhythms and Agendas

Meetings are a big part of most of our work lives. Many people characterize them as being a necessary evil, but also generally time-wasting energy vortexes. However, meetings can be powerful in creating strong relationships and supporting clear communication if approached with intention and structure. Learn how meeting rhythms and consistent agendas foster clear communication and accountability to optimize your meetings.

How to Use a Decision Matrix

Each day is filled with a plethora of decisions. When you are feeling overwhelmed by the big ones, try a decision matrix as a tool to narrow your choices and clarify your thoughts. Learn how to build a qualitative or quantitive decision matrix, how to add weighting to your options, and use an objective approach to come to an informed, intentional decision.

How to ‘Happygolf’ Your Life

My husband, Dana Janssen, was the Keynote speaker for the 2017 University of Alberta School of Business Graduation Banquet. He shared lessons from the worst year of our lives when we were “waist-deep” in it. This post has some context on what we went through, some reflections, and how we came out “happygolfing”. Learn more about what “happygolf” means and how to apply it to your life.

The Rebrand Checklist: AgileStyle to Code and Effect

AgileStyle has rebranded, after 10 years, to Code and Effect. It’s an exciting time for us and we are set up for a huge year. It has felt like a long time in the making but after about 5 months, we are nearing the end of the rebrand process. Learn more about why we decided to rebrand, how we came up with Code and Effect, and the checklist we went through to change everything over.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media, Part 3 – The Ugly

Social media can be an unforgiving and ugly place. It is full of so much anger and hate that it is tempting to want to respond in-kind. It is hard to not vent the pent up frustration through whatever channels we can. However, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing our part to engage in conscious and intentional ways that combat the vitriol. Learn some tactics to be part of the solution by taking action and not let ourselves be bystanders.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media, Part 2 – The Bad

Social media is truly amazing, but it is simultaneously a source of great distraction. By making decisions about who you follow, what you consume, and when you consume it, you can better equip yourself to filter through all the noise and find great value. Learn some tactics that will help you get through all the cacophony and be more intentional about how you engage with social media.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media: Part 1 – The Good

Social media is an incredible way to connect and learn from others. It provides amazing opportunities to interact, which also means there are pitfalls for sharing things you might not want everyone to see. This is the first of a 3-part series on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of social media. It includes some strategies around the good part of social media (connection!) including being intentional about what you post, sectioning, and ensuring your privacy settings are properly configured so you can effectively manage your social media footprint.

Practicing Gratitude: Looking Back at 2016 to Look Forward to 2017

I had every intention of writing a 2016 year-in-review but struggled to capture the right tone. It was a hard year and one that I am relieved to be done with, but grateful to have experienced. As I reflected on everything that happened, through many drafts of this post, I decided that I wanted to focus on gratitude. Instead of a reflection on 2106 as a whole, this post is a reflection on the things that I am grateful for and how I have been trying to practice gratitude in my life.

Know Yourself, Manage Better: Part 2 – Introversion vs. Extroversion

Having a general idea of where you land on the introversion/extroversion spectrum allows you to identify how you are most likely to gain and lose energy. Your energy levels impact how you perform, your attitude, and how you manage your clients and team. Learn how understanding your own energy needs lets you be intentional about your time and energy management and how this can help you put your best into your projects, team, and the things in your life that are important to you.

Know Yourself, Manage Better: Part 1 – Daily Self-Reflection

Project management is, at its core, people management. Our interactions with our clients and team members are often impacted by how we feel and the decisions we make around how we spend our time. Self-reflection can be a powerful way to clarify how you are spending your time, and if you are spending it on the things that are actually important to you. Learn about the Sacred 7 daily self-reflection, including a downloadable template, and how it can help make you a better project manager.