Dwight D. Eisenhower made plenty of tough decisions in his career. As a two-term US president, a five-star World War II general, and the first Supreme Commander of NATO, Ike spent his days prioritizing ruthlessly and acting quickly. The secret behind his cut-to-the-chase efficiency? The Eisenhower matrix, a system that prioritized problems according to two key factors: importance and urgency.
Your team’s ready to kick off the next marketing campaign. You need an original idea, a great strategy and, most importantly, a marketing team that’s set up for success. Understanding the role everyone on the project plays can help your team function like a well-oiled machine. To better understand how teams collaborate, we talked with thousands of marketing and design professionals in the US. Today, we want to share what we learned. In this first post of our series on Effective Collaboration, we’ll begin looking at marketing personas to identify their pain points and find solutions to make working together easier for everyone on your team.
Everyone has their own favorite way to communicate. And many prefer different tools for different tasks. That’s why Dropbox believes that the better your apps work together, the easier your job will be. Millions of people use Slack to connect with the people and tools they work with every day, no matter where they are or what they do. Dropbox partnered with Slack to provide a more seamless experience, so work can be shared directly with teammates where they’re already communicating. Here’s how the integration helps simplify team collaboration.
Designers and architects don’t have an easy job. Beyond the work it takes to translate ideas into interior designs or blueprints into beautiful buildings, you have to navigate the murky waters of opinion. You have to call upon Zen-like patience to deal with brutally blunt criticism while somehow turning layers of feedback into an idea everyone approves. But there is a way to make the approval process feel more like conversation than conflict. It’s all about choosing tools that let your whole team work together seamlessly. Here’s how to start.
At Dropbox, we’re big believers in the benefits of an open creative process. When it comes to collaboration, transparency is the key to improving team communication, removing silos, and streamlining workflows. Chances are, the diverse departments throughout your company are using a number of tools to gather insights. And integrating those tools can be the key to enabling transparency. Here’s how project managers can leverage those integrations to make that process less complicated.
If your work gets stalled in “hurry up and wait” mode, that ebb in your workflow can be especially frustrating when you have deadlines looming. The good news is, you don’t have to sit idle while you wait for files. Dropbox can help you collect them. Here are three examples of how our file requests feature lets you cast your net and reel in what you need to proceed.