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6 strategies for leading your team through conflict
thoughtLEADEDRS
When your key team members have conflict, the work environment can become toxic and the entire team can be affected. Here is a six-step strategy for bringing valuable team members together and handling conflicts.
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Do you support your members after a vehicle accident?
By Frank R. Myers
Recently, an unfortunate event occurred in my former department. Two of our vehicles collided at an intersection. Thankfully, there were only minor injuries to all crew members involved in the accident, and they were sent home for the rest of their tour. Subsequently, a longtime associate asked me if I wanted to visit the station from which the two trucks responded. The purpose of the visit was to offer support and answer questions — not to blame, investigate or accuse.
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Good and bad examples of feedback
About.com
Giving feedback is an important part of a manager's job. Employees need and want to know how they are doing. We all have blind spots, and a developmental manager can help open an employee's eyes to those blind spots and coach them on how to improve. In order for feedback to be effective, it should be the following.
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4 tips to elevate the way your team communicates
Predictable Success
One of the challenges of leading a fast-growing organization is that what has worked so well in the past can suddenly become ineffective. Perhaps the most jarring example of this is in how people communicate. When communication starts to break down between team members, balls are dropped and ill-informed decisions are made.
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How to be both a boss and a friend
Fast Company
It's typically seen as a faux pas or a failure of leadership for bosses to be friends with their employees. After all, nobody wants to be the Michael Scott of their office, and it's hard to reprimand a good friend when they aren't pulling their weight. But how we conduct business these days is different than it was even 10 years ago, and the manager-employee dynamic needs to adapt accordingly.
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How to encourage smarter teamwork
Harvard Business Review
Business problems today are too big for any one person to solve. Agile teams are much more effective at solving problems than are lone geniuses. So why do we still reward the smartest people in the room more so than those who excel at working with others? You know the type: the people who brazenly take over meetings by showing off how much they know or how witty they can be at the expense of any other voice in the room.
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