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Tuesday Dispatch: Issue #90
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This week we learn about embracing conflict, appropriate screen time, and handling toxic team members. As well as the importance of shipping stuff and the power of fitness.
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3 Droplets of Leadership
Embracing Conflict Drives Effective Collaboration
When conflicts arise, we often attempt to resolve them by arguing to win or avoiding them altogether. While professional and polite, this approach can consume significant energy that could be directed toward more productive activities such as innovation, problem-solving, and creating value.
We can progress to advanced group development by learning to manage conflicts effectively. At that level, we can create clarity and structures to become an efficient team while cultivating positive relationships.
Don't miss this great article on conflict resolution!
How to Stare at Your Phone Without Losing Your Soul
It's not the amount of time spent on one's phone that matters; instead, it is the extent to which the device has become a demanding, attention-consuming entity.
It is important to note that none is the only healthy amount of screen time. This is why tracking the amount of time spent on screens is a deceptive metric; ten minutes of engaging in an unhealthy activity is still ten minutes of engaging in an unhealthy activity.
If you are a heavy screen user like me, don't miss this exciting take.
Managing Toxic Team Members: A First-Time Manager's Guide to Escalation Processes
Handling a toxic team member as a first-time manager can be daunting.
However, following a straightforward escalation process, it’s possible to handle the situation effectively.
I recently published an essay on a recommended escalation process dedicated to first-time managers facing the difficult situation of a toxic team member. Don't miss it!
2 Grains of Technology
The Books of No Excuses
Kevin Kelley’s new book, Excellent Advice for Living, is simply a collection of the advice he’s been publishing online for years. They are often just one sentence, filling a whole page with a thought.
Seth Godin has a few such books. Ship It was just a little workbook, sold five at a time. You were meant to use a new one every time you launched a product you wanted to ship.
The truth is: we all have books that are already written…somewhere. They live in our blogs, social feeds, and notes. It’s the constraints and strategy, and the decision to ship, that eludes us.
We need to be reminded – sometimes physically – that there’s no excuse for not shipping.
Great post about the importance of shipping. Don't miss it!
The Power Of Fitness
Vincent Lam has been passionate about fitness since a young age and is devoted to helping others achieve their fitness goals.
He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State and is a certified personal trainer. His mission is to assist individuals in restoring, maintaining, and promoting quality of life and optimal physical function through exercise as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.
1 Atom of Reflection
An explicit disagreement is better than an implicit misunderstanding.