Author Archives: Sheryl McAtee

Preparing for Pirates: Communicating Through Conflict

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Each September, “Talk Like a Pirate Day” celebrates the light-hearted side of piracy—the rolling letter “rrrr’s,” the merry drinks and the adventures of life at sea.  In real life, though, we occasionally run into the more traditional pirate–the one that is ready to board your boat and take your treasure away. Contemplating pirates offers a…
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“Ahoy, me hearties!” Communicating with Pirates

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While not likely on your official work calendar, September 19th is “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” so let’s get ready to celebrate!  The holiday is whimsical and informal, celebrating a positive pop-culture vision of pirates and their unique language conventions and practices. The holiday also reminds us that to get our message heard, it is…
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How Do You Lead? Team Leadership Assessment

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Successful teams generally have a successful leader–either out front or behind the scenes–guiding the way.  If you lead a team, here’s a quick assessment to reflect on how you are doing: Strengths – What strengths do you have in leading the team? How are these strengths reflected in the team’s culture or work? Outcomes –…
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Triumphant Temporary Teams

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When talking about team-building, a lot of attention is given to long-term intact teams. These may be organizational teams, sales teams, long term project or service teams–regardless of mission, they are designed to stay together for a long time. There is also power in the temporary team–convened to address only one specific problem or project….
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Communication Tips in a COVID World

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As of this writing, COVID cases have emerged across the country, and many of us are working to communicate through shifting “new normal” conditions.  Here are some quick reminder tips for planning for face-to-face communications, and for engaging in virtual interactions in these uncertain times. When planning for face-to-face communications: Assess comfort levels in advance….
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Business Ethics in a COVID World

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Many workplaces are beginning the return to office spaces and normal operational status as the numbers of COVID-19 cases flatten across the country. There remain risks of a resurgence of the virus, so the return to work will raise ethical questions and choices for many managers as they establish new patterns and approaches. Here are…
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Workplace Safety at Home: Assessing Your Environment

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Take a look at your home office – what might an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector see?  As more organizations move to increased levels of telework, it is important for leaders to revisit their policies and practices related to home office support, and for teleworking employees to take a look around their home…
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Assessing Workplace Safety in the New Normal

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For many years, workplace safety leaders have looked to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for definitive guidance on workplace safety. In a COVID-19 pandemic-savvy world though, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also be a source of useful information. Many organizations have relocated staff to home offices to telework in…
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Four Tips for Building Managers and Leaders

Four Tips for Building Managers and Leaders

The world is moving faster, with increased pressure to meet quarterly quotas and strategic goals.  Amidst this rush, developing the next generation of leaders and managers can seem daunting. As a result, new supervisors and high potential leaders are directed into formal training programs, but follow-up mentoring and coaching may fall short. Here are some…
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