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Team-Building Exercises: Communication - From MindTools.com. Six Ways to Improve Communication Skills © iStockphotoaxnjax "Build a bridge" is just one exercise you can use to get communication flowing.

Team-Building Exercises: Communication - From MindTools.com

How well do your team members communicate with one another? Poor communication lies at the root of many problems. It can lead to mistakes, quality problems, conflict, missed deadlines, and lost opportunities. One way of doing this is to use appropriate team-building activities. In this article, we'll look at six team-building exercises that can help your people to communicate better. Exercises to Develop Communication Skills Your team communicates in many different ways: face-to-face, by video conference, by instant message, and by email. Use the exercises below to improve essential communication skills like listening, empathy and verbalization. Exercise 1: Card Pieces In this activity, team members trade pieces of playing cards to put together complete cards. Uses This exercise is useful for showing team members others' perspectives. How to Unlock the Full Potential of Diverse Teams. By now, it’s understood that diversity and inclusion are important attributes for any high-functioning businesses.

How to Unlock the Full Potential of Diverse Teams

Several recent studies have shown that diverse and inclusive operations tend to be more innovative, generate better ideas, and capture new markets. The Center for Talent Innovation (pdf) found that companies with diverse employees are 70 percent more likely to report new or improved market share than companies with nondiverse employee populations. A study by Ronald Burt, a professor at University of Chicago, concluded that any diverse group will surface better, more effective ideas than a group of more homogenous “top talent.” But what exactly qualifies as diversity? As we commonly think of it, diversity is a matter of ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, among other inherent differences. But operating in a diverse organization also has its challenges.

The Attributes of Real Teams A common purpose. Complementary skills. 3 Steps To Create A High-functioning Team. 5 Tips on How to Deal With Conflict. If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To. Empathy—the ability to read and understand other’s emotions, needs, and thoughts—is one of the core competencies of emotional intelligence and a critical leadership skill.

If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To

It is what allows us to influence, inspire, and help people achieve their dreams and goals. Empathy enables us to connect with others in a real and meaningful way, which in turn makes us happier—and more effective—at work. Many people mistakenly believe that empathy—like other emotional intelligence competencies—is something you’re born with or not. But it’s not that simple. In fact, we all have the capacity for empathy. Civility at Work Helps Everyone Get Ahead. Are You a Boss or Are You Bossy? Have you ever been called bossy?

Are You a Boss or Are You Bossy?

Have you ever called a co-worker bossy? If you have, you are not alone. My colleagues and I at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) recently conducted a survey on U.S. leaders about their experiences with bossiness in the workplace. We found that 92 percent of people surveyed said they’ve worked with someone they would consider bossy, and 25 percent reported receiving feedback that they are bossy themselves. These numbers suggest bossiness might be a workplace epidemic. We also found negative consequences for being bossy in the workplace. This trend highlights a common challenge for new bosses: Early career advancement depends largely on task competence, but as people reach management roles, advancement becomes increasingly based on interpersonal abilities.

How to Lose Your Bossy Image and Avoid Derailment The good news is that there are a few tips to change your workplace reputation and avoid being perceived as bossy: • Understand the label. Three Problems with Top-Down Teams (and How to Fix Them) The Psychology of Praise. Through my professional career, I’ve always noted how powerful and meaningful it can be when we receive praise for the work we do.

The Psychology of Praise

Here, I’m going to talk about the psychology of praise. Leaders who are graceful, grateful and appreciative seem to have teams who are emboldened, creative and productive. Indeed, across the years, we’re often told that praising people at work is an easy win for motivation. Insights from positive psychology help us understand a bit deeper how important praise is, and how we can cultivate cultures of positivity through some purposeful acts. Positive psychology is the scientific study of wellbeing, resilience and thriving. Why are some people happy despite living what might be a difficult life? How do some people thrive under conditions in which others fall apart? The 10 Most Cringeworthy Employee Behaviors. Perhaps, more often than you'd like to admit, you've found yourself in the position of the naughty employee--shopping online or browsing Facebook in a moment of boredom.

The 10 Most Cringeworthy Employee Behaviors

Unsurprisingly, you're not alone. It turns out that the vast majority of employees--yes, that means you and me--end up breaking some kind of rule while on the job. In research conducted by software and technology authority Better Buys, workers engage in all sorts of bad behaviors at work. 10 Golden Rules of Communication in a Team Environment.