Stress Management at Work

Stress management is extremely important for both physical and mental health. One of the biggest sources of stress is usually work related. Work stress can be cause by many different things: Being underpaid. It is hard to manage stress when you do not know how you will afford your next bill. You are overwhelmed or have unclear duties. Too big a workload can be very stressful; as can inconsistent job descriptions. Feeling stuck. Maybe there is not much room to advance, or you have no say in your assigned projects. These can make you feel stuck and cause a lot...

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The Importance of Proper Communication at Work

Proper communication in the workplace is extremely important. It can prevent all kinds of misunderstandings, creates a happy work environment, and helps shape team individuals into a cohesive unit. Many people work long hours with the same people each day. This greatly increases the probability of communication breakdowns, and small misunderstandings creating rifts throughout the whole environment. Below are steps you can take as a team to foster proper communication with each other at work. Politeness The first step toward effective communication is politeness: Greet your coworkers with a smile and a kind word each day. Starting work on a...

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Intercultural Team Management

In modern society, people of differing cultures and backgrounds have the opportunity to work together like never before. Technology allows all people to connect and achieve all kinds of goals. However, even with all these open doors, misunderstandings can sometimes slip through. An intercultural team is capable of great things when properly managed. It is important to be aware of and acknowledge language, culture, and behavioral differences. Words, ideas, and actions can mean different things to other people. When managing an intercultural team, it is important to have a plan, embrace differences, and learn to use the diversity as a...

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Don't start with perfection in mind – just start!

“When did this get so hard?” Ray wonders after a long day of meetings with his team in the US and in phone conferences with his international group. By contrast, he remembers his time as an expatriate a few years prior much more fondly. While working abroad in Brazil, he came to pride himself about his skills at “just picking up” insights on how to work well with his colleagues, suppliers, and clients in this Latin American country. This very capacity got him promoted to his current multi-regional role with contacts not only in Brazil but also in China and...

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Global Leadership Development

Mary, a highly accomplished engineer and self-made business owner in the US, has received yet another disrespectful email from her young engineers in Poland. She angrily thinks to herself, “I am the owner of this business and they are just driving me mad. Why do they challenge everything?” Mary has confidence that comes from her professional journey as an immigrant to the US with Central American roots. She knows how to assert herself, build credibility, and influence people in a new context. Despite her usual cool, she is baffled by these engineers. Mary’s challenge is unique for her but not...

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International OD Firm Helps Local Farmer’s Market Demonstrating Organizational Development in the Community

Local consulting firm, ti communication (tic) provided pro-bono Organizational Development (OD) consulting services to the Farmers Market Fund (FMF), a Portland-area non-profit organization through the OD Network Community Consulting Project (CCP). The unlikely partnership between an international consulting firm and a local farmer’s market resulted in a re-energizing of the board of directors and the identification of new sources of funding. Client Background For a number of years, FMF has been highly impactful in expanding access to local, farm-fresh food to economically disadvantaged populations in rural and urban Oregon with the Double Up Food Bucks program. Qualitative and quantitative data...

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Stress Management at Work
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The Importance of Proper Communication at Work
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Intercultural Team Management
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Don't start with perfection in mind – just start!
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Global Leadership Development
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