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Use Whiteboards to Lead Meetings
Take charge of team meetings by marking up your ideas on the big whiteboard at the front of the room. Invite the whole team to brainstorm, and then put their ideas up, too. That way, everybody can see how the project components fit together as one.
Hang Great Ideas on Bulletin Boards
Consider putting bulletin boards on every wall you can spare. These are great for common areas where teammates gather. Collectively, the team can hang up ideas, suggestions for improvement and the occasional morale-lifting quote or cartoon. Set one board aside for questions and answers, and use another for project updates and announcements.
Jot Down Thoughts on Sticky Notes
Outfit your team with a big pad of self-stick notes that they can use to keep track of a good thought. Encourage everybody in the team to scribble a quick note whenever inspiration strikes for minor or major improvements, and then collect the notes and hang on one of your boards.
Write with Erasable Markers
Cover those whiteboards with great pitches and other ideas, and then erase them just as quickly when even better ones develop. Use erasable markers of various colors to designate areas of agreement, negotiable terms and other variables, all while you're hashing out a new project.
Pin Important Ideas
Keep those notes well-pinned to your bulletin boards with an open container of pushpins nearby. Ask your team to pin up their thoughts, questions and feedback, so you have an almost minute-by-minute picture of what everyone is thinking.
Make Messages Mobile with Movable Magnets
Hang notices and personal notes on the fridge in the breakroom with handy magnets. If you're using a magnetic whiteboard or bulletin board, a handful of magnets give you lots of opportunities to post announcements for your team to see.
Win with Planners and Notebooks
Consider organizing your life daily with some action planners and assorted notebooks. Schedule meetings, due dates and extra-long working lunches in your day planner, and marvel at how much free time you discover. Hand out spiral notebooks to everyone on the team, so they can all take notes and track time, expenses and ideas.