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Netiquette… and Evolution

Netiquette… and Evolution

Lately, I’ve been thinking about netiquette. And I am not talking about taking turns while bottom trawling. I am talking about your internet manners. Your “no elbows on the table” rules for the internet at work. Your “sneeze into your elbow, not your hand” protocol for your business emails. Maybe I am in withdrawal from(…)

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Respect

Respect

It’s so important to treat others with respect – to behave in a way that demonstrates our regard for others – and to listen, knowing that they might be right and we might be wrong. We need to treat people with dignity, just as we would like to be treated. To show respect for another(…)

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Decisions by Committee Don’t Always Yield the Best Results

Decisions by Committee Don’t Always Yield the Best Results

We often approach a new project with a group brainstorming session, an opportunity to pool our team members to chart a common trajectory towards completion. Studies show, however, that such collaboration can be detrimental to the best outcome. This article by renowned author, Ron Friedman, Ph.D., outlines the potential pitfalls of collaborations: they may breed(…)

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Conflict — How Do You Manage It?

Conflict — How Do You Manage It?

Conflict is a part of life. The ability to resolve a conflict is an essential interpersonal skill. There are different approaches to conflict resolution. Many believe that there are five options: avoidance, accommodation, competition, compromise, and collaboration. There is no approach that’s best. It really depends on the type of conflict that you’re experiencing. Different(…)

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Professional Development

Professional Development

“I am scared to death of public speaking!” “I wish we, as a department, could take a team building seminar. These outside vendor workshops are too expensive.” “I was promoted to a supervisory position! What information should I know as a new supervisor?” Do these statements sound familiar to you? If so, you’re not alone. Every year at(…)

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