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Leadership and Teamwork: Blending I and We





Categories: Management, Supervision & Leadership

“There is no I in TEAM” is a popular expression, but great teams know that individual leadership is essential to effective teamwork. In fact, without effective leadership, teams often lose focus and direction, and work and morale suffer as a result. Different leadership approaches work equally well on teams. When you are launching a team, […]

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Bringing the Outside In: Teams and External Awareness





Categories: Professional Development

When we talk about teamwork, we often focus on internal dynamics: goal setting, communication, leadership and process. It is equally important, however, to build team skills in political savvy and external awareness. These skills help the team scan their environment for new information, and prepare key stakeholders for future steps associated with the team’s work. […]

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Five Communication Tips for Teams





Categories: Communication

Communication is a central activity for all teams. In this post, we review five practical communication tips that lead to better teamwork. Make it common practice to revisit the goal. Many team-focused articles talk about the importance of mission clarity and alignment, but too often, teams don’t actually ask, “wait, why are we doing this?” […]

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Effective Business Communication





Categories: Communication

It was a cold Christmas Eve, and I was on a conference call at 2am. I cringed as the project manager belittled her team members and complained about having to take time away from her family. She never once acknowledged that everyone else on the call was also missing family time, nor that the problems […]

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How to Write a Business Letter





Categories: Communication

Twenty-five years ago, business letters and memos were the go-to forms of written communication in the workplace. Today, most of us hastily type emails and instant messages instead. But the business letter is not dead! Use this more formal approach to present official information – such as contract terms and descriptions of services – to […]

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Why OSHA?





Categories: OSHA & Workplace Safety

It was a nice sunny day in Nebraska as two employees working for a roofing company were putting a tin roof on a barn. They had done this type of work many times before without incident. They had no reason to believe that today would be any different. So as they had done countless times […]

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Office Safety Tips





Categories: OSHA & Workplace Safety

As Margie walks up the office stairs where she works, she has no idea what awaits her. The floor at the top of the stairs has just been mopped and there is no warning sign cautioning her about a slick floor. As she reaches the top of the stairs she slips on the wet floor […]

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June is National Safety Month





Categories: OSHA & Workplace Safety

It was a beautiful Saturday spring day and Stanley decided to do some tree trimming around the house. This was the first weekend he had off for several months and it felt good to be working in the yard. Not only that, he didn’t have his supervisor breathing down his neck with all that safety […]

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