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Perspective: Managing Virtual Team Conflict

High performing teams are good at managing conflict. We know that every team will face differences of opinions or perspectives if they are engaged in a task that matters to them. Being able to manage those differences in a productive way can lead to better outcomes for the team and the organization. This article provides some of the basics around conflict management for teams and provides a short case that can be used as a class exercise. Continue reading Perspective: Managing Virtual Team Conflict

Give Yourself a Gold Star for Kin Work

You pull your attention away from your professional work once again to attend to some family matter that has just come up. It’s a call from your mom to talk about her prescription refills. Or it’s an email about how your cousin is now out of work and can’t pay his mortgage. Or it’s your brother sending you anxiety texts about the stock market. Sometimes family issues come up while we’re working (Ball, 2017). Continue reading Give Yourself a Gold Star for Kin Work

Life Interrupted—Finding the Good, Despite the Challenges, in the Pandemic as a Professional

My pandemic experience begins with disrupted plans to present at the ABC Southwest conference in San Antonio, March 11-14. In the days leading up to the conference, I watched as other professional organizations around the country canceled gatherings. Meanwhile, Youngstown State University was on spring break, and administrators grappled with how to respond as the coronavirus crisis began to take shape. I questioned whether the conference would take place and debated whether it was safe for me to attend. On March 10, Ohio prohibited state-funded travel outside of the state, effectively halting my trip. Continue reading Life Interrupted—Finding the Good, Despite the Challenges, in the Pandemic as a Professional