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Self-reflection is a key element to personal growth and allows us to be more aware of ourselves and how we show up at work. By looking inward, we can be more open and honest about what makes us who we are and make more authentic connections with others.

Silos

Silo working will continue unless leaders establish the right targets, there is full scale transformation of processes, and a collaborative, execution-oriented culture is reinforced.

To gain support, you must justify your idea. Here are the four core ways to do just that.

Connections

By 2018, 70 percent of siloed digital transformation initiatives will fail because of insufficient collaboration, integration, sourcing, or project management. 

Sideways Q

Brainstorming questions rather than answers can better engage participants and yeild more interesting pathways to explore how to solve problems. Understand steps to implement question-based brainstorming. 

Organizations with a clear vision for innovation help employees develop smart ideas and quickly test, refine and scale them to become marketable products and services.

We can find ways for ambiguity to be an aid, rather than an impediment, to progress.

Fish Philosophy

Learn about the FISH! philosophy, which is about engaging people to make positive changes. 

Vitae asks academics, administrators, and Ph.D.’s in the nonacademic world to pick the five books that most influenced them.

Four fundamental communication styles: Intuitive, Analytical, Personal and Functional.

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Follow this step-by-step guide to effectively ask coworkers for help when you're feeling overwhelmed by your workload. Chances are those around you are willing to help if they can. 

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Google spent years studying effective teams. Researchers found that what really matters is less about who is on the team and more about how the team works together.  

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Positive impacts of respectful disagreement at work.

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At their worst, meetings are like short prison sentences that have you counting the minutes until your release.  How do you make sure your meetings are great?

Learn about Liberating Structures, creative approaches to structure meetings and group work to unleash creative capacity. Read stories of higher education institutions using Liberating Structures to enhance engagement. 

People meeting

If you’re searching for a way to run better meetings, check out these simple ideas from Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.

Conducting a successful virtual meeting requires preparation and a new set of etiquette rules.

Transformation-capable teams who hold a unique balance of skills and mindsets that allow them to sustain focus, agility, and optimism in the face of uncertainty for prolonged periods of time.

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When your team is tasked with generating ideas to solve a problem, suggesting a brainstorming session is a natural reaction. But does that approach actually work?

The best performers are really good at generating rigorous discussions in team meetings. Here are six practical tips for leading a good fight in meetings. 

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Collaborative working has many benefits but does consume valuable resource, often concentrated in a few "extra miler" colleagues.  Leaders can solve this problem in two ways: by streamlining and redistributing responsibilities for collaboration, and by rewarding effective contributions.

Pixar has produced some of the most creative and epic films of this era due to a culture of creative collaboration. How can educators learn from Pixar when we design collaborative projects?

Employees who can reach outside their silos learn more and sell more.

Psychological safety is the belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for their ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. Learn how to establish and maintain psychological safety with a cognitively diverse work group.

A study of 55 of the largest teams from companies like BBC, Marriott, and Pixar, identifies five things that all successful teams do. 

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