Weekly Roundup #2

By SkyeTeam on October 21, 2015

Posted by SkyeTeam | October 21, 2015Weekly Roundup #2Welcome to the Cultivate@Work Weekly Roundup. Each week we’ll scour the Internet for stories and ideas of how people cultivate winning relationships at work and share them in this blog. It’s perfect for anyone interested in applying the ideas and techniques from Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships by SkyeTeam CEO Morag Barrett. In this week’s roundup we look at empathy and trust, and how to increase these qualities in your team. We also take a look at workplace culture and what are some ways to combat the toxic workplace.EmpathyNew research from the Kellogg School of Business suggests that people who have gone through difficult experiences are actually the harshest critics of others who are going through the same experience and are struggling to cope. Known as the “perspective gap”, this tendency could be preventing your team from connecting to each other. True empathy occurs when your feelings towards others translates into altruistic actions. Browse through some suggestions for how to apply empathy towards your team. Or if you really want to help someone, you should just shut up and listen, per Ernesto Sirolli on TED.comTrustThere is a research-based assessment that can predict the effectiveness and potential of a team based on the strength of the team’s group intelligence. It evaluates the quality of the team dynamic and effectiveness of the team, including its interactions. In other words, it measures the quality of the their relationships.Need help increasing the level of trust in your team members? Read through these suggestions on how to overcome mismatched signals, mismatched work styles, and align expectations for critical tasks.Also consider these ideas to make it safe for employees to speak honestly. Adam Galinsky’s book, Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and When to Succeed at Both provides more insights on how to build high-trust cultures.CultureA 2014 national survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute finds that 27 percent of U.S. workers have directly experienced abusive conduct ranging from threats and intimidation to humiliation, work sabotage or verbal abuse. What to do? Recognize the symptoms of a toxic workplace and how to combat it. You can also model positive behavior, eliminate barriers to trust, and create an environment that encourages relationships and trust.Finally, learn how to help your team provide better peer feedback and be more accountable for their actions from this surprising source: recovering substance abuse addicts.Thanks for reading! Join our Cultivate LinkedIn Group to share your ideas, opinions and questions on how to apply Cultivate to your life. We’re changing how work gets done, one conversation at a time. Filipina Pate is a recovering startup founder, entrepreneur and writer with more than fifteen years of experience in creating, designing and marketing web-based products and services. She is known for her creative ideas and vision, the technical expertise to turn ideas into reality, and a belief in the power of technology to bring people together.Related ArticlesTags »cultivate@workCultureEmotional IntelligenceempathyEQFeedbackTrust Share4
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