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From competition to avoidance: 5 styles of conflict resolution

Experts in conflict resolution say people tend to have a “default style” -- a preferred approach that typically we rely on. Here are five styles, drawn from the work of conflict scholars Kenneth Thomas and Ralph Kilmann. Which one are you apt use, especially in difficult conversations? Competition: I generally value my goals over relationships. I see conflict in terms … Read More
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The Cohort: Can we be both real and our best on social media?

A note from the editor: Hi, everyone! This is Kristen Hare, editor of The Cohort. We’re back for a few more editions without Katie (miss you, friend). I’m so excited to introduce you all to Liz Plank. Liz is a senior correspondent at Vox Media and the co-host of a forthcoming podcast exploring divisions amongst women … Read More
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3 questions with Janet Brindle Reddick

This profile originally appeared in The Cohort, Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. It's no secret that journalism is moving at a faster pace. And that's especially so for those covering breaking news. They're having to work quicker and quicker to get content up online, on social media, produce video, and often have to talk to … Read More
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Is your staff ignoring your feedback? Maybe it's your delivery.

Picture yourself in this scene: You’re a manager about to share with a staffer your concerns about a piece of work they’ve given you. Maybe it’s a report, a proposal, a visual project. You want to make sure the staffer hears your concerns as constructively as possible. What do you do? “I always start by saying something I like about … Read More
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How to replace 'planning' with 'doing' in your work culture

Brainstorming new ideas is easy. Changing the culture to launch successful new projects is difficult. Here are some way to bring a startup culture into your organization. Divide and conquer: Pick two or three small teams and give them decision-making authority. Allow them to launch anything the whole team agrees is worth trying. One caution: Certain types of people prefer … Read More
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5 questions with Benét Wilson, the Aviation Queen

This profile initially appeared in The Cohort, Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. If you’ve attended many journalism conferences, you’ve probably run into Benét Wilson. She is a capital-B boss — as a business woman, a leader in journalism organizations and a mentor for young journalists. Wilson covered education, economic development and … Read More
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Craig Newmark Foundation gives $1 million to ProPublica

The Craig Newmark Foundation, the philanthropic endeavor started by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, announced on Wednesday a $1 million gift to ProPublica. The gift will "allow ProPublica to deploy resources and address opportunities, including adding staff, where they are most needed over a wide range of issues in the public interest," according to an announcement from the investigative nonprofit. "A … Read More
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Want to run an effective newsroom? Don't lead like Donald Trump

It won’t be long now. Today, Donald Trump becomes “leader of the free world.” Might even be a tougher job than running a staff of journalists. It’s a situation that got me wondering: Should I be studying the President-elect’s approach to leadership? Could his style help the women and men who manage newsrooms and other staffs be more effective? The … Read More
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4 ways managers can invest their time wisely

In any organization, time is the most precious resource of all. Here are ways a manager can save time by investing it wisely with their staff. Make it clear to your staff what you want and expect from them. Give feedback on how their work is going. Get people involved early and reinforce your expectations often. You'll spend less time … Read More
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ESPN's Rob King on being a leader (and dealing with your email)

Rob King was in his 20s the first time someone told him he had talents beyond being an editorial cartoonist. He was management material. King, now ESPN's senior vice president of SportsCenter and news, clearly got the message eventually. But not at first. King is part of this week's 40 Better Hours project, devoted to explaining how journalists … Read More
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When change is a constant, leading others through it is a necessity

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the third day of the weeklong series. Change is a constant in journalism and other information industries. That can be a daunting reality, especially when you’re responsible for helping teams make sense of shifting priorities and directives. Rob King, senior vice president of SportsCenter … Read More
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Just got a newsroom promotion? Follow these 3 steps to be successful

All around me, newsroom leaders are starting new jobs and taking on new or expanded responsibilities. I’m in the same boat as well, writing this just a few weeks into a new job leading news operations for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network. Earlier this year, top newsroom editors in Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing, took on additional … Read More
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5 non-verbal ways to be an active listener

Leaders can help themselves and their staffs by practicing the art of active listening. Here are some non-verbal skills to help. Use good eye contact to show you’re engaged and interested in what the other person is saying. Use your posture and hand movements to convey that the most important thing you’re doing is listening to your colleague. Avoid distractions. Read More
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4 verbal listening skills when you're working with staff members

Leaders can help themselves and their staffs by practicing the art of active listening. Here are some verbal skills to help. Encouraging conveys interest, leading the reporter to keep talking. Don’t agree or disagree, but use noncommittal words with a positive tone of voice: "I see," "Uh-huh," "That’s interesting," "Hmmm ..." Restating shows that you're listening and lets the reporter … Read More
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