Top 4 Challenges Managers and Teams are Facing

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We, at Herrmann, know that managers and the employees they lead are a company’s most valuable asset. Employers grow when their employees are growing. If an organization wants to survive or better thrive, they must start by developing managers into learning leaders. To best do that, they have to understand what managers and teams are up against first.

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Positioning our Global Staff for a Four-Day Work Pilot To Learn and Innovate

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Herrmann believes in being on the forefront of helping organizations position its staff to work more productively and inclusively at scale. Our Whole Brain® Thinking is always about seeing the future and finding ways to ensure business process approaches are thoughtfully executed, measured, and collaborative. How can we do better? How can we be better?

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How to have better conversations about racial bias

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Momentum for action on racial equity has continued to build around the world, and we like many others have spent the past few weeks in an ongoing discussion on what else we can do to help contribute to positive change. It remains remarkably difficult for organizations to have uncomfortable conversations about racial bias, so as a first step we’re spreading awareness of how cognitive diversity can be used as a powerful device to break down the walls in these conversations.

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What Does Diversity Have to Do with Innovation?

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For many, the word “diversity” brings up images of staid EEOC training or well-intended but not necessarily critical programs—the “have-to-dos” that don’t get much buy-in or enthusiastic support across the business. So it’s probably not the first word that comes to mind when you’re talking about innovation.

But here’s why it should be.

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Best Practices for Inclusive and Engaged Remote Team Meetings

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Leading a team meeting can be tough even in the best of circumstances. You have to make sure everyone stays engaged, feels welcome to participate and can comfortably raise any issues. But you also have an agenda you need to get through and objectives to accomplish.

Meetings with remote teams can be even trickier to manage.

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5 Tips for Leading Team Meetings People Won't Hate

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When was the last time you multitasked in a meeting? Drifted off? Got annoyed? Wished you were anywhere else but there? Or come down with a case of Zoom fatigue you just couldn't shake?

If any of that rings true for you, you’re not alone. In a Verizon Conferencing study, 91% of respondents admitted to daydreaming during meetings, and 39% said they’ve napped in them. Overall, research shows that employees waste a staggering 31 hours of unproductive time in meetings every month.

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4 Steps to More Effective Virtual Communications

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In some form or fashion, working virtually has quickly become the reality for most of us today. And whether you’re working with colleagues, customers, vendors or others, there are more tools and apps than ever to help you collaborate across any distance, whether it's across the country or even across the globe.

But no matter how many tools and devices you have, effective collaboration still comes down to how effectively the parties communicate with each other. Particularly when you don’t always have the advantage of visual cues, tone of voice, or cultural nuances, the chances for miscommunication are high.

Here are 4 steps for making sure your communications get across in the way you intended, no matter what technology you use (these can even useful for when you’re communicating in person):

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How to Build Trust in a Virtual Team

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A little over a decade ago, the remote workforce was dominated by people in outside sales roles. They came into the office on occasion for meetings or, if they were local, to load up on marketing brochures and office supplies. But for the most part, they were out of sight.

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What To Do When Turnover Hits Your Dream Team

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There’s nothing better than a team that’s found its rhythm. Healthy debate, deep trust, respect for each others’ ideas, mutual accountability and support...it’s truly the dream team.

And then someone leaves.

Dealing with employee turnover is always a challenge, and it can be particularly disruptive when it happens to a tight-knit, high-performing team. No matter how great things are today, when a key person leaves, it can throw off your productivity, morale and even your results.

People leave. That’s the reality. But the best defense against turnover is having a plan in place before the inevitable happens. Let’s look at a Whole Brain ® approach you can follow to plan for turnover and keep your team on track when a member departs and a new member comes on board.

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Brain Trust Blueprint: The #1 Trait of Unbeatable Teams [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Teams have never been more important in business. But with the demands and complexities of today’s work environment—not to mention the challenges of working with global, remote or regularly changing team members—working in a team isn’t always easy.

A great team is a “brain trust” of diverse thinkers, one that’s greater than the sum of its parts. They’re collaborators you can count on to bring new perspectives to the table, listen to and value your ideas, and stay accountable to common goals, especially when the pressure heats up.

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