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  • feedwordpress 08:00:53 on 2019/08/13 Permalink
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    How to Build a Team That Resolves Conflict Effectively 

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    Many leaders make the mistake of thinking they have to resolve every conflict—especially those that affect their team. But the best leaders know that is not the case, they learn to empower their employees by guiding them, giving them the resources they need and incentivizing them to work things out on their own.

    Here are six simple techniques to foster healthy conflict resolution within your office:

    Lead by example. It’s one thing to tell your team what they need to do, and another to hold yourself accountable for your own actions. However you’re personally dealing with conflict, those who report to you will likely follow your lead. To set a good example, pay attention to each person’s perspective, practice good listening skills, accept constructive feedback, and try to create an inclusive environment where differences are respected and honored.

    Coach your team. Every team has conflict—that’s just the norm—but it’s the leader who can coach their team through times of conflict who makes the biggest difference. The best leaders give their employees tools and techniques for mediation and conflict resolution.

    Establish ground rules. Every team needs to know the standards under which they will operate and collaborate. When you equip people with clear expectations and processes, they always know how to respond appropriately.

    Give regular feedback. An annual performance review isn’t nearly enough to prevent and resolve conflict. It is far more effective to have regular feedback sessions with your immediate team. These meetings can help cultivate an atmosphere of open and honest communication, and they present a good opportunity to deal with any misunderstandings or divisive issues before they get out of hand.

    Incentivize your employees. The best way to instill a new practice and keep it going is to provide incentives. They can take many forms—coaching, training, feedback, evaluations, or reward systems. Every leader needs to look at their team and organization and decide what works best for their culture.

    Celebrate successes. When team members successfully resolve internal conflicts, it should be celebrated and acknowledged. An appreciation of successful resolution will help build morale and encourage people to continue following core values and meeting high standards.

    Building a strong effective team that takes conflict in stride starts with leading by example and builds with good coaching, guidance and support.

    Lead from within: Conflict is inevitable. It is leading by example and coaching your team that you can best help them learn to resolve conflicts effectively and efficiently.


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  • feedwordpress 09:49:15 on 2016/11/30 Permalink
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    Opposites Attract: 3 Benefits of Having 2 Bosses In The Workplace 

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    Having two bosses can sometimes feel like a good cop/bad cop situation if they’re not on the same page or if they employ different styles of leadership. That might be effective in accomplishing their goals, but it’s not always the best approach for keeping employees happy and productive. But having two founders at the top doesn’t always mean chaos or mixed messages. With the right dynamic, it can create a rich, creative environment for employees.

    It would be easy to let our founders speak for themselves about the dynamic of a partnership leading the way at Huemor, the UX agency we work at. They have clearly-defined roles (Mike handles new business, Jeff runs creative and production), they make decisions, hires, and investments together, and they’ve got a singular goal for the future of Huemor. All in all, they’re making it work and we keep growing. And most of our 16 person team has been around since almost the beginning (when Mike and Jeff were working out of a family member’s basement), new clients are constantly coming aboard, and projects are getting bigger and sexier.

    But that’s the easy way. The better way — the juicier way — is from our perspective as employees who report to Mike and Jeff. That’s where the good stuff is. In fact, sometimes it’s not unlike trying to get Dad to say yes to something Mom already said no to, like when whoever’s going on the beer run is angling to fill the fridge with a specific brew — Jeff likes Sam Adams and Brooklyn, Mike likes Blue Point and Shipyard; they’re both always willing to hand over their company card.

    Beyond employee happy hours, their partnership drives the way we work. So it makes sense to show you two benefits of that and, just to be transparent, one challenge.

    Two Bosses Can Bring Balance

    First, it’s nice to have two bosses because there’s a built-in safety net. Their roles balance the needs of the business, so even at our busiest times, we’re not letting anything slip through the cracks. Two sets of eyes are better than one when keeping watch and they’ve learned to support one another in a way that they can put their full focus into their halves of the business. It leads to better direction for employees, more thorough attention to detail in our work, and peace of mind for our clients.

    The Benefit of Multiple Perspectives

    Second, Mike and Jeff have fairly different personalities. Mike likes to say they’ve been married longer than Jeff and his wife have been, and there are times it shows. They don’t bicker, but they certainly bring different perspectives to the table, drawn both from their instincts and their experience. One of our mantras in the office (which literally hangs on the wall) is “Encourage dissenting opinions: discussion is good.” Different perspectives intersecting make our work more creative and more memorable so having two bosses who challenge us and each other works out surprisingly well.

    It’s Not All Sunshine and Rainbows

    If I made it sound like it was all glitter and cheer, I’d probably be lying. So I won’t. It’s worth mentioning that there are times they can drive one another crazy (frankly: not always a bad thing, from the perspective of an underling…). Jeff tends to be happiest when the office is focused and, ya know, getting stuff done. Mike’s never happier than when he’s riding around on a scooter distracting everyone and keeping things light. Deadlines are deadlines and they’re certainly a force to be respected, but sometimes a distraction is exactly what’s needed. Other times, when you’re in the zone, you don’t want to be derailed. Putting on headphones and ignoring the boss probably isn’t the best advice for everyone, but it’s ok around here. Like the best relationships, it’s a give-and-take between Mike and Jeff and between them and everyone else: they challenge us and we challenge them.

    As the holidays approach, we’re wrapping up our biggest year yet. Something must be going right.

    Author Bio: Pete Shelly is a digital strategist at Huemor. Follow Huemor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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