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10 Ways to Create Group Norms in Your Office

Years ago, I worked for a company that loved calling meetings but didn’t hold good ones. One of the graphic designers always showed up 10 minutes late and saw nothing wrong with whispering to a co-worker during the middle of a presentation. The head photographer paid more attention to his cell phone than the whiteboard.

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Team Dynamics Matter More Than You Think… Here’s How to Improve Yours

What are team dynamics? Let me answer that question by telling you what happens when yours are poor or even toxic. I once worked in a department that had an outstanding leader, so it functioned well for the most part. But despite his best efforts, there was one woman- let’s call her Rhonda- who made

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15 Ways to Radically Improve Teamwork in the Workplace

While everyone knows teamwork in the workplace is important, the hard part can often be getting everyone to work together. Whether someone runs a Fortune 500 company or a local coffee shop, there are common pitfalls to watch out for. From role uncertainty to unclear team goals, these problems can quickly get in the way

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The Ultimate List of Team Building Activities, Games, and Icebreakers

What are team building activities? Picture your team as a clock. There are many functioning parts within this clock that are required to work together flawlessly in order for the clock to be accurate. Much like a well-oiled and finely tuned clock, your team has to be in-tune with each other in order to get

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Icebreaker Questions that Won’t Make You Want to Poke Your Eyes Out

How well do you know your co-workers? Do you think if you knew them better, you’d be able to work together more effectively? Asking people questions is one of the best ways to build relationships and get to know more about them. Has Jamie ever traveled out of the country? Has Laura ever done anything

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12 Quick & Easy Ways to Build Trust in the Workplace

Your ability to motivate your employees is built entirely on trust. Your employees must believe in you and be confident in your decisions so they can do their best work. By creating an environment of trust in the workplace, you make it more likely that employees will be committed to reaching their peak potential. There

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10 Ways to Master Interpersonal Skills Without Breaking a Sweat

No matter what industry you work in, everyone uses interpersonal skills every single day. These talents emphasize a person’s emotional intelligence and how well they are able to collaborate with other people in a work setting. While some may have a more natural knack for it than others, everyone can learn these skills and how

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10 Communication Strategies Your Boss Wants You to Know

Communication is the foundation of a healthy work environment. If no one is talking, then information isn’t being passed around, and if information isn’t being passed around, then how is anyone to know what to do? Granted, it’s not quite as simple as having a quick chat, but there are certainly communication strategies you can

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The Open Door Policy: 5 Improvements You Can Make Today

In the past, we’ve mentioned how effective an open door policy can be if used properly. While many managers find great success with this strategy, others will find it has negative effects on their ability to lead their team. When deciding whether to have this approach become part of your management style, you should be

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10 Quick Ways to Improve Teamwork in the Workplace

For any organization to be successful, there must be a proper utilization of the resources available. Some leaders pay more attention to financial resources and other assets, forgetting about one critical resource: employees. Employees need to be taken care of, so that they can maximize their output and contribute to the growth and success of

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: 10 Ways to Help Your Team Work Better Together

When you are a team manager, it can feel impossible to keep everyone happy and content all the time. You are responsible for helping your group collaborate well and work in harmony. While this should always be a goal, there are plenty of ways to help your team work better together. Though it may sound

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10 Ways to Improve Team Communication

Team communication is one of the key factors in being successful. As a project manager, it’s possibly the most important tool in your arsenal. Constantly looking for ways to improve team communication should always be at the top of your list. It’s not just about talking; we all know how to speak. It’s about communicating