Businesses often try to avoid conflict on their teams, but addressing disagreement is key to preventing problems and establishing a positive culture, writes Liane Davey. Rethink the language you use to describe teamwork, and create the expectation that healthy conflict may arise, she writes.
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Imbue your team with enthusiasm for the task of data cleaning by spotlighting how the results will make their work lives easier, Jeff Kostermans writes. Create benchmarks for good data and share them across all teams that handle customer information to ensure data is processed correctly at all touch points, he recommends.
A Monetate report shows that nearly 8 in 10 retailers and roughly 7 in 10 travel, hospitality and insurance providers are realizing significant returns on investment from personalization. The study also notes that trends in ROI correlate with personalization spending, and that email is the dominant channel.
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Many organizations have people working across all hours, so try to schedule meetings during shift overlaps, place talented people on all shifts and create forums for idea exchanges that don't depend on everyone being physically present, write Karin Hurt and David Dye.
Creative professionals often loathe working within restrictive parameters, but Arfa Mirza argues that such scenarios can amplify creativity if you approach them correctly. Budgets, deadlines and content restraints can be frustrating at first, but "turning obstacles into opportunities is where creativity jumps in," Mirza writes.
A super bloom of wildflowers in California is attracting butterflies known as painted ladies. The butterflies live for only a matter of weeks, so while their migration path stretches from Mexico up the US West Coast, multiple generations will live, breed and die during the trek.