Team Building

Life Resources

Whether your biggest concern is coping with stress, managing time, getting organized, handling finances, enriching your social life, or keeping up with your exercise program, Viderity’s resource guide can help. Many thanks to the staff who contributed to this list of useful links. Get rewarded for regular spending . Rakuten The Points Guy Birthday Rewards: Krazy  Coupon Lady The Best 149 Birthday Freebies Veterans also get many free things on Veterans Day! NFCU Flagship Credit Card reimburses you for Amazon Prime 3. Increase your productivity with technology gadgets. Best Portable Monitors PCMag TechRadar Best Lighting for Webcam Streaming Top 5 Laser Keyboards Best Smart Plugs CNET PCMag GoSund 4. Diversify your culinary palate from your couch. Delivery DoorDash UberEats GrubHub Postmates Prepared Meals Uncooked HelloFresh BlueApron Cooked TerritoryFoods DailyHarvest 5. Reduce fear, anxiety, and loss with an emergency plan. Survival Guide(San Francisco Chronicle) Emergency Kit(Red Cross) How to Pack an Emergency Bag 6. Stick to your...

Creating Happiness

We hope these videos bring a smile to your face – the theme of the collection is creating happiness! It can be tricky to spotlight happiness because reaching that state of being is widely subjective and deeply personal. That said, we think the following contributions – an experiment in gratitude, an unconventional happiness ‘formula’, a beautiful bond, and a celebration of life – stimulate feelings of hope and positivity and inspire general happiness. We hope you feel the same. At our executive-team meeting this month, we spent time reflecting on the past year and all of the things in and outside of Viderity that we are grateful for. It was a special moment – like the experiment in this video, we...

The First 100 Days…

Taking over a software project halfway through can be difficult depending on how well the transition is managed. In the first 100 days of the job, your top priority should be establishing trust between yourself and your team members. You need to trust your team to execute the plan and they need to believe that you will give them what they need to accomplish the plan. To gain their trust, we suggest using the following strategies: Listening: One of the qualities of being a great project manager is communication. As someone new to the team, practice active listening. This is important because each project team is unique in terms of its culture, strengths and problems. Learning: Ask the crucial question...

Zen Leadership

The practice of Zen in both business and daily life is centered on the paradoxical acceptance above. As instinctually conflicting as it may seem, to truly be a great leader you must release yourself of your innate desire to lead. We no longer live in a world where the business model of leadership is intimidation, and seeing oneself as the all-controlling dictator will only lead to failing performances of your employees. Demands and threats only create fear and sub-par work. If someone is only concerned about being ‘adequate’ enough to maintain their position, then they will never have those singular breakthroughs that occur when they are genuinely interested in the success of the business.

Thank You Letters

Writing a thank you letter is a common courtesy. There are various times when writing a thank you letter is appropriate - anything from a formal, post-interview thank you letter to a casual, from the heart thanks to the person you went above and beyond to make a project a success. Writing a thank you letter will always serve as a kind and conscientious gesture. A thank you letter demonstrates thoughtfulness, which is a characteristic many employers and people value. Since so few take the time to write a thank you letter, someone who does will indeed be remembered. Your thank you letter does not need to be lengthy. Just a few kind words will show that you put...

Leadership for Those Who Remain

After layoffs it's difficult yet important for managers to maintain high morale and productivity for the  remaining. Their collective head is spinning with fear and anxiety that you need to replace with confidence. It's important to: Stress the fact that the layoffs were not a reflection of the performance of the staff who were laid off. Be open and available  assist with reprioritizing and rebalancing workloads among the remaining staff. Focus on addressing relevant employee concerns and how the company will move forward. Keep the programs and initiatives that serve to align employees and provide a return on investment. Examples include celebrating success and the achievement of milestones at a company and individual level. Read “On the case: Go team! Pretty please?” for ideas...