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Conflict Resolution & Management using Thomas Kilmann Model

Working in teams is essential in our business and work lives. Teamwork and Collaboration are well established as key elements in making organizations and individuals succeed. A natural occurrence when working in teams is the emergence of conflicts. Well, of course! There are people in teams with different personalities, thoughts, and expectations that lead to one or the other conflict. Tuckman's stages of team development mention this in the 2nd stage i.e. Storming (ream more here). Photo by  Yan Krukov  from  Pexels The important thing however is to learn to deal with conflicts. Individuals and teams that are most successful are the ones with the ability to 'manage' conflict well. No, they don't totally avoid them. They look at the positive side of conflicts i.e. challenging, critiquing, debating, questioning, brainstorming, and optimizing solutions. Here we will discuss one of the most trusted and renowned conflict resolution model which was devised by Dr.  Kenneth Th

Teamwork & Collaboration: Achieve more than the sum of individual efforts

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller Photo by  fauxels  from  Pexels Organizations are made up of teams. Successful organizations are made up of highly functional and collaborative teams.  For individual success as well, the ability to work with other people is a valued trait.  One cannot work in their silos and expect to succeed in a workplace that is structured to reward collaboration. In this article, we explain the definition of teamwork, the stages of team development (Tuckman's model), types of teams, and tips to collaborate effectively. So what is teamwork? Teamwork is when a group of people comes together to achieve a common goal. They do this while dealing with conflicts in an efficient way and thus creating results that are more than the sum of individual efforts. Great teams have proven over time how they can achieve goals often deemed impossible through grit, determination, cohesiveness, and peak performance. We can easily find example

8 Work From Home Tips: Ensure Maximum Productivity and Success

Photo by  Vlada Karpovich  from  Pexels Work from home has become the new normal. There are both advantages and disadvantages of working from home. What we need is, to effectively work around the disadvantages to ensure maximum productivity and success. Here are the 8 most important tips that will help you in making the most of work from home without hindering your career growth and impact at your business or workplace: 1. Setup One needs to arrange a dedicated work from home setup. This includes all of the below aspects: Physical setup:  Define the space in your house to serve as a home office. Invest in a cost-effective yet ergonomic table and chair. This will be an investment and not really an expenditure. The right posture and space while sitting and working the entire day are important for your body and mind to focus without long-term harm.  If you want to save money and space you could also invest in a lap-desk and work from your bed.  Try to change into "work clothes".

Empathy: The need of the hour!

Empathy is mentioned in almost every conversation these days. It is a desired skill in leaders, caregivers, governments, and even friends! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become an all the more in-demand virtue.  What is Empathy? There are various definitions of empathy you will find: 1. Putting yourself in someone else's shoes (the most common and cliche definition) 2. The ability to understand and share the feelings of another ~ Oxford 3. The ability or practice of imagining or trying to deeply understand what someone else is feeling or what it's like to be in their situation. ~ Dictionary.com 4. T he capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference All of these definitions are correct. However, sometimes it is not easy to truly understand the definition of empathy in tangible terms. Or to empathize with them! Often it is also confusing to understand the difference between empathy and sympathy, and also apathy. A gen

Facing an Interview Confidently: 15 Tips for making a great impression and getting the next job!

We all want to work in our dream company, doing our dream job, while earning a dream salary. It is certainly possible. Even all 3 of them together!  And for that, we have to face interviews! I have faced more than 100 interviews in my career so far. All this experience has taught me valuable lessons that help me succeed every time I go for an interview. And in this article, I have tried to synthesize my learning that is important to excel in the interview and help you in creating a lasting impact. Here are the 15 most important tips on how to face job interviews confidently and leave a lasting impression: 1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare Preparation is crucial for success in interviews. And it is never enough. Ever landed into an interview without preparing enough for it?  You will have either of these 2 feelings: Anxiety or Confidence . If it is anxiety, because of lack of preparation, it will automatically lead to negative body language and unstructured, unclear responses to quest