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One of the core responsibilities of a leader is to build trust with their team. Trust is the foundation of building a happy and productive team; it avoids misunderstandings, conflicts, and downstream problems stemming from a lack of trust. This is especially important during stressful times when a manager is taking on a new member or team. So, let’s talk about some ways to do that!

A few years ago, I received an opportunity to take over a team of engineers from another leader. The reason why the opportunity came around was that he was moving away and, as a result, I inherited his team of 6 overnight. At the time they were a strong team that had worked together for years, and very much adored their manager. In turn, I knew that I had some very big shoes to fill and needed to quickly break the ice and onboard myself as the team’s new manager so I could establish that same level of trust. …


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With COVID-19, many companies have been forced into transitioning into a fully remote working lifestyle. From commuting daily to designated offices to working days from your kitchen table can be a significant adjustment. Our company announced a mandatory working-from-home initiative on March 16th. Since then, it has been an adjustment for our team. This is plain and simple: we are not used to working remotely. So, let’s talk tips and tricks to make the adjustment a lot smoother.

Communication & Collaboration

When working remotely, communication is more important than ever, because you can’t walk to your colleague’s desk anymore. Instead, picking up the phone or chatting through your work computer is the new norm. Be sure to clearly spell out and communicate your goals and roles so that your team is all on the same page with you. …

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