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Like it or not, when you work with people...conflict is going to happen. This thought-provoking, powerful short video uses impactful imagery, video and music to inspire and stimulate discussion about the proper ways to react to conflict - turning conflict into collaboration.
Adaptive communication is a skill that is also critical to organizational growth. Keeping something the same just “because this is the way we have always done it” hinders an organization from innovating and progressing. Adaptation taps into employee skill sets and allows people to utilize their diversity to improve upon old “songs”, making a new version that supports growth.
When judging the “dance” of another person, especially across differences such as culture, be careful about making judgments based upon what you think is important. Focusing on their “feet” while communicating may mean you are missing the most important part of their dance.
Communication across differences is often done in a similar fashion. However, taking time to think about who, when, and how a message will be received allows the sender to craft a much more effective message that will produce much better results.
The lack of face-to-face interaction reduces the team’s ability to adjust and adapt as quickly as a team that is located all at one site. In situations like this, having a clearly defined structure detailing everyone’s role and responsibilities is a key to success.
Within companies and teams, employees have the important role of sharing ideas between groups, departments, and teams. This “cross-pollination” of ideas helps to unlock the inherent creativity and innovation that lies within a company, but may need a spark from another source to bring it to life.
Similar to a band with many different instruments playing together, a diverse team consists of many different personalities working together. While this diversity allows for innovation and creativity, it also makes it more difficult for team members to keep the same tempo. It is the role of the team member with the drummer personality to keep everyone communicating and completing tasks on time.
Spark team communication around project or product completion.
Spark team communication around how we can use our unique skills and abilities more effectively as individuals, or as a team.
Spark team communication around how to handle mistakes when they are made.
Spark team communication on what we can do to better communicate with people inside and outside of the team.
Spark team communication on getting caught up among ourselves so much that we lose focus on the big picture.
Spark team communication on how we can work better as a team when we face our large projects.
Most work teams tend to develop their own compressed language that allows team members to communicate quickly and easily with each other. When outsiders join the team, this shorthand may be hard to understand or learn, resulting in conflict and frustration, especially if people are from different cultural backgrounds.
Storytelling is at the heart of what makes us human and is a universal tool used by groups of people to explain who they are and the experiences that shaped their history. While we might not use cave drawings anymore, we still use storytelling to capture collective histories and lessons learned.
Asking for the assistance of a “referee” or a neutral, third party colleague, may provide the necessary insight to tease out the cause of the miscommunication, which could be rooted in cultural, generational, or personality style differences.
When you devote time and effort to communicating with a colleague, especially one from a background different than your own, you can improve the fluency of your communication and eventually be able to detect minute changes in these communications.
This is a great exercise to introduce the concept of the different types (in the 'difficult' range) of people we'll most often interact with in the workplace.
These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (T.E.A.M. U.P.) along with thought-provoking questions on the power of collaboration and effective teamwork in the workplace. These cards are great for a quick training reminder or conversation starter.
Having a crucial discussion with coworkers and/or employees could mean the difference between resolving an issue or disrupting a relationship. These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (S.O.R.T. O.U.T.) along with thought-provoking questions on better understanding & addressing conflict. Great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.