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How to Beat Distraction and Make the Most of Virtual Meetings (infographic)

How to Beat Distraction and Make the Most of Virtual Meetings (infographic)

DR DVirtual meetings and conference calls bring many benefits...and one major drawback -- distraction. This blog post and downloadable infographic provide 10 strategies for beating distraction and remaining focused.

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DR DVirtual meetings and conference calls bring many benefits...and one major drawback -- distraction. This blog post and downloadable infographic provide 10 strategies for beating distraction and remaining focused.

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The Science of Storytelling: How Storytelling Shapes Our Behavior

storytelling-dog-2When we hear or read a word, hundreds of signals activate the visual, auditory, and language-processing regions of our brains in a matter of milliseconds. They tap into our working memory, long-term memory, and even our subconscious to give things meaning. Considering all these responses are elicited by a single word, imagine what your brain looks like while processing an entire story.

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Build a Culture of Accountability: A 4-Step Strategy for L&D

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“I am accountable” is a statement many people make with satisfaction, pride, and a sense of strength and accomplishment. It’s also one that many learning professionals would like to hear more often in their organizations.
This post outlines accountability's many benefits (to individuals and organizations) and presents L&D with a 4-step strategy for building accountability organization-wide.

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The Empathy Quadrant Worksheet

EQ Worksheet_thumbAt one time or another, you or your employees will face conflict. When it happens, successful resolution will most likely require some kind of face-to-face meeting.

What is the best way to prepare for a conflict meeting like this? What can be done to set the right tone and show that you have come prepared to find a win/win solution? One idea is to use an Empathy Quadrant.

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Leading Brainstorming in the Workplace: Your Free How-to Guide

Brainstorming_blogWhether you’ve been charged with driving innovation, encouraging collaboration, building stronger teams, or making better decisions, brainstorming can be a powerful tool. Here is a free "how-to" guide.

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The 5 Conflict Management Styles: Which One Are You? [Quiz]

conflict quiz thumb 2Conflict is inevitable—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Without conflict, there would be no diversity of thought, no pushing the boundaries, no intellectual debates. We are built to overcome adversity, hopefully gaining strength and a new sense of perspective in the process. However, it’s important to approach conflict constructively to achieve optimal results for all parties involved.

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4 Reasons One-on-Ones Are Critical to Employee Engagement

1-1 blogEmployees whose managers hold regular meetings with them are nearly 3X as likely to be engaged! Here are 4 reasons why "one-on-ones" benefit employees and managers, along with tips for making them productive and meaningful.

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11 Workplace Behavior-Changing Tips for the New Year

info-thumb2New Year, New You! With bellies full and spirits high, we ride into the new year on a wave of optimism. It’s a time for new beginnings, clean slates, and finally purchasing that gym membership that’s been sitting in your Groupon cart. In 2018, we at Media Partners strive to become better versions of ourselves at work-- starting with the way we think. From challenging our “Rebuttal Brain” to something as simple as sharing a smile, we’ve identified 11 Success Behaviors for the New Year.

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How to Apply the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to Your Workplace

Stephen Covey_blogCovey’s stories, examples and lessons on good communication habits in the workplace continue to benefit organizational leaders in the 21st century.

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4 Peer-to-Peer Coaching Tips

When the Coach is YouSome days we are the coach and other times we are the learner. Both roles require commitment and patience. Here are four coaching tips, based on Tell, Show, and Do, that are relevant for successful peer-to-peer and manager-to-peer coaching situations.

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