Conflict is a reality of the working world. You deal with different people every day, people with varying perspectives, opinions, and convictions. When contrasting opinions and dynamic personalities collide, expect conflict and disagreements.
As with anything in a professional setting, a little politeness goes a long way to help diffuse the situation.
But you also need to realize that there are ways to approach a conflict that can still help you reach your desired outcome.
When we collaborate as a team, the sum is always greater than the individual parts taken alone. And it is this sort of collaboration that brings about category disrupting ideas and the type of fierce work hustle that leaves competitors in the dust. But in order to get to the productive collaboration that sets apart great companies from mediocre ones, you have to use the right tools. That's where this list comes in.
We talk a lot about collaboration on this blog: about strategies, tips,...
Some people may call it a problem, others call it a solution! Problem solving activities are a great way to get to know how your team works (both individually and together) and learn strategies that will help your team quickly react to any obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your project goals.
Team building activities can target a specific solution you're focused on improving, including communication and collaboration, adaptability, or strengthening decision making techniqu...
What are the greatest hurdles you face when collaborating with people across your company?
HR consulting firm Robert Half International surveyed finance and accounting professionals about their challenges when collaborating with people in other departments. Not surprisingly, the responses (in the graphic below) include coping with different personalities, work stress, conflicting deadlines, and communication breakdowns — answers which are pretty much the same across the board.
Part of what makes a team great is the mix of different personalities and perspectives each person brings to the table. But those differences also mean that misunderstandings and miscommunications are bound to happen at some point. And when they do, it can put a real strain on your team, jeopardizing the success of your project—and possibly even your organization.
When team communication starts to unravel, what do you do? And how do you minimize the number of mishaps along the way?
Remember how much fun St. Valentine's day was in grade school, trading cards and candy with classmates? Coffee time may have replaced nap time, but you can still bring some of that innocent Valentine’s Day fun to your office.
If you think it's too late to show your admiration for your colleagues, think again. There's always time to show appreciation for your team. Just print one (or all!) of these PDFs on regular 8.5” x 11” copy paper, fold or cut them out, and give them to your work bud...
Gathering around a dry-erase board with markers at the ready is a time-honored way of bringing a team together to work out a business problem or learn a new skill. In recent years, though, leaders have been more likely to opt for online whiteboard collaboration as a tool for pulling together everyone's ideas and feedback. Using a free, digital option is a quick way to get some thoughts down and put a project on track.
Though there are benefits to a visual whiteboard for training session...
Because Google collaboration tools are easily accessible and free, they are definitely a painless way to get started with online teamwork. Simply bear in mind that if you're looking to properly set a project on track and keep it moving forward, there are more specific work management tools you can use. Younger workers especially are very familiar with the Google collaboration suite, so this can serve as a comfortable way to begin encouraging teammates to work together through the cloud.