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Meeting Culture | May 17, 2024

In today's globalized business environment, diversity, inclusion, and psychological safety are essential for fostering a workplace culture that enhances well-being and productivity. Collaborative leadership, characterized by open communication, shared decision-making, and empowerment, plays a pivotal role in creating such environments. This leadership style contrasts with traditional top-down approaches by involving team members in decision-making, harnessing their unique insights, and fostering a sense of ownership.

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Meeting Culture | May 22, 2024

Effective leadership requires navigating and adapting to complex team dynamics and organizational cultures. As workplaces diversify, leaders must understand these elements to guide their teams successfully. Google's Project Aristotle highlights psychological safety as crucial for effective teams. Leaders should align their styles with cultural types like innovative, hierarchical, or supportive, tailoring communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution accordingly. By embodying organizational values and using digital tools and interpersonal skills, leaders can enhance performance, satisfaction, and loyalty, driving continuous improvement and success.

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Meeting Culture | March 20, 2024

Google's Project Aristotle highlights psychological safety as key in high-performing teams, emphasizing trust as essential for collaboration and productivity. This summary outlines the significance of trust in teamwork, identifies common trust issues such as fear of vulnerability and lack of transparency, and provides strategies for building trust, including open communication and relationship building. It delves into the importance of transparency and accountability, conflict resolution, trust-building initiatives, and the role of leadership in fostering a trust-rich environment. The post advocates for continuous commitment to trust, underlining its value in enhancing team performance and innovation. By addressing trust issues and implementing targeted strategies, leaders can cultivate an environment where trust thrives, fostering collaborative success and elevating team dynamics to new heights.

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Podcast | November 8, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mika Cross about her journey helping both private and public sectors transform the workplace. She starts with reflections on how her time in the military helped shape her perspective on workplace transformation. Later, Mika shares why she fell in love with people, process, culture, and performance consulting. We also discuss simple tips for improving psychological safety in large bureaucratic organizations. Listen in for thoughts on how and why companies need to invest in workplace culture.

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Podcast | October 25, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alla Weinberg about her career as a UX Designer turned Culture Designer and thought leader.  She starts with reflections on why she became a Culture Designer.  Later, Alla discusses the differences of safety and trust.  We also discuss the relationship between psychological safety and the state of the nervous system.  Listen in for insights into how to build better relationships and connection at work.  

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Meeting Culture | June 6, 2024

Collaborative leadership transforms workplaces by emphasizing teamwork, openness, and shared decision-making, significantly enhancing employee well-being and work-life balance. This leadership style fosters open communication, shared decision-making, and a focus on teamwork, leading to a more engaged and cohesive team. Flexible work arrangements, a supportive culture, and recognition further improve work-life balance. Collaborative leadership also enhances employee well-being through a supportive environment, increased engagement, and professional growth opportunities. By promoting flexibility, trust, and wellness, collaborative leaders create resilient, innovative, and inclusive workplaces that drive sustainable success.

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Meeting Culture | May 20, 2024

Effectively managing conflict and fostering dissent are essential for innovative and resilient organizations. Leveraging conflict and structured dissent can prevent groupthink and inspire new ideas. This article delves into creating a safe environment that benefits from managed conflict and structured dissent, exploring strategies for conflict resolution, tools for fostering dissent, and the importance of trust. Key components include psychological safety, open communication, and structured conflict resolution strategies like mediation and structured dialogue. Additionally, fostering authentic dissent through open forums, anonymous feedback, and training in effective communication is crucial. Building and maintaining trust through transparency, consistency, and approachability ensures a collaborative and innovative team environment.