5 traits that distinguish high-performing teams

What’s the secret to a high-performing team? A star player? Veteran experience? In a joint study by Dropbox and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), we set out to answer questions like these by analyzing Dropbox collaboration at the top 100 universities in the world (based on the 2017 Center for World Universities Rankings) and cross-referencing academic citations according to the Web of Science database. To protect our users’ privacy, all data was anonymized and information like university ranks and number of citations were grouped into ranges.

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Think small: Why big companies should think like individual employees

With the rapid rise of technology in the workplace, you might think human voices would be on the decline. But in fact, work culture has actually become more human-centric. Half of millennials say they would take a pay cut for work that aligns with their values. Despite the hype around AI threatening jobs, Deloitte says today’s fastest growing careers require distinctly human skills—STEAM (A for Arts) is the new STEM. Smart companies are responding to the trends, switching to more consumer-friendly tech, and opting for smaller teams over traditional bureaucracies. Their winning mindset: thinking less like corporations, and more like individuals.

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10 tips to manage notifications

Notifications are powerful when they support your priorities. But they become a liability when they create unnecessary interruptions and distractions. Consider a notification reboot that puts every beep, badge, and vibration in service to your work and your life. Here’s how.

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How to make your commute count

For many of us, commuting is our only discretionary time of day. In between work and home responsibilities, this margin can feel like an obstacle or an opportunity, depending on how we spend it. When you use your commute to generate energy, creativity, and delight, it can help you be more effective and satisfied in every other dimension of your life and work.

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How Dropbox Smart Sync helps turn data hoarders into idea miners

We’re all hoarders and collectors of data. But why don’t we delete anything? What compels us to keep files we haven’t opened in years, even when they take up valuable hard drive space? For photographers, designers, recording engineers, and everyone else who creates content for a living, those files are more than archives. They’re the seeds of ideas that could bloom into a new project. But if those seeds of inspiration can’t be found, they can’t grow into anything new. Here’s how Smart Sync can turn your archived data into a library you can search through to retrieve exactly what you need, right when you need it.

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Here’s how the magic of to-do lists can put you in control

Meetings, emails, deadlines, milestones—so much of our modern workday involves tracking countless to-dos. Remembering and organizing all these duties can suck up so much time and energy, there’s little left for the work itself. Instead of mastering our tasks, our tasks are mastering us.

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