How to identify your team’s remote work style

From an abundance of communication to uninterrupted blocks of alone time, we all have certain ways we like to get things done. When everyone is in the office, it can be easy to identify an employee’s style by observing their behavior. With remote working arrangements, however, it can be harder to discern. When you’re a leader, it’s important to identify and understand your team members’ styles, says Ed McQuiston, executive vice president at the content services provider Hyland.

“Everybody works differently,” he says. “Some want to interact quite a bit, some prefer to be given work and then left to do it, and others fall somewhere in between.”

As a manager, don’t assume that what works best for you is the best practice for everyone, says Amanda Kowal Kenyon, partner and chief organizational effectiveness officer at the communications consulting firm Ketchum. “Flex your approach to accommodate your direct reports if you want to help them thrive and deliver their best work,” she says. “The easiest method is simply to ask them, and then experiment for a time-bound period.”

Identifying Remote Working Styles

Communication is more important than ever. The methods used to communicate from a distance can provide you with clues on how people prefer to interact. For example, you may have an employee who keeps their camera off during a videoconference.

“Leaders need to be in tune with that and have an instinct for what that person is saying through verbal and nonverbal actions,” says McQuiston. “In some ways, it’s like sitting in a room with someone who keeps their arms folded. When everyone is in an office, people manage their energy on their own. People can put their heads down and work all day, while some benefit from seeking out hallway conversations. Their unique needs could be managed on their own, but now they don’t have those same opportunities.”

Workplace preference assessments can provide additional richness for both conversations as well as experimenting with your colleagues’ desired ways of working. For example, Social Styles identifies four personality types, and Kowal Kenyon says they can give managers parameters on how to communicate and engage:

  • Drivers like to keep it brief. “They want to get in, discuss results, keep it to essential business, and get on with it,” she says.
  • Expressives like to talk and think aloud. “They will appreciate webcams or phone, value in-the-moment conversations over a lot of prework, and like to connect both personally and professionally,” says Kowal Kenyon.
  • Amiables value relationship security and want to put their best foot forward with their manager. “They often appreciate agendas in advance and having time to think before speaking,” she says. “They, too, value face time on camera and want to have an unrushed conversation that includes both professional and personal connection.”
  • Analytics value preparedness and having time to think in advance, often preferring written to verbal communications. “They may prefer nonwebcam interactions and appreciate agendas in advance, and the opportunity to offer thinking in writing after a conversation,”
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Gabrielle Wener joins wave of Maine women starting for Division I basketball teams

Gabrielle Wener didn’t have much preparation time before her college basketball debut at Monmouth University, but the 6-foot-2 freshman from Messalonskee High was in the starting lineup for the season opener last week. Photo provided by Monmouth University athletics

Imagine taking a final exam, but all the classes leading up to it were canceled. Good luck.

That’s essentially where Gabrielle Wener was heading into this women’s basketball season, her first with Division I Monmouth University. The pandemic wiped out summer sessions for the team, forcing the newcomers to play catch-up, and fast.

“It’s definitely been crazy, it’s been very intense,” she said. “My freshman class was definitely thrown into this. … We’ve had to take on a lot in a short amount of time.”

If the season opener was any indication, Wener is handling the learning curve. The former Messalonskee standout started in Monmouth’s first game, playing 23 minutes in an 82-38 loss to Rutgers on Friday. Wener scored seven points on 2-of-4 shooting, both 3-pointers, while notching two rebounds and a team-high three assists.

“My coaches were able to trust in my play, and I was able to execute,” she said. “I had a feeling (I’d start), but (Coach Jody Craig) didn’t say anything directly to me, so I didn’t really get the confirmation until I looked on the board and I saw my name as a starter. That was really cool, though.”

Maine players making an impact in Division I women’s basketball has become something of a trend. Gorham’s Mackenzie Holmes has become a core player for No. 13 Indiana, earning Big Ten All-Freshman recognition last year and netting a team-high 26 points in the Hoosiers’ opener last Wednesday.

Greely’s Anna DeWolfe started last year as a freshman for Fordham and had a team-high 25 points in the Rams’ opener last Wednesday. Boothbay’s Faith Blethen started as a freshman at George Washington and has started all three games for the Colonials this season. Sanford’s Paige Cote is the first player off the bench as a freshman for the University of New Hampshire, and Gorham’s Emily Esposito will be a redshirt junior at Boston University after playing all 32 games in her freshman year at Villanova.

“I feel like Maine is very underrated,” Wener said. “There’s a lot of great talent in Maine. Sometimes I think it’s hard to get that exposure.”

Wener got it with her time at both Messalonskee and the Firecrackers AAU team, but she still had work to do handling the challenges of the Division I level – particularly the mental side of the sport.

“There are countless plays,” she said. “There’s a lot to learn, and figure out (with) new habits you need to get into and old habits you need to break, in order to be quicker and more effective at this level.”

As both a forward and a guard, Wener has had to learn all those plays, and from a variety of angles.

“With every single set play, I have to learn

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Every NFL Team’s Shopping List for 2021 Offseason | Bleacher Report

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    It’s that time of year again, folks. With Black Friday in the rearview, the mad dash to complete holiday shopping is upon us. While NFL teams aren’t quite in the same boat—free agency is still several months away—you can bet front offices around the league are busy putting their 2021 lists together.

    Not every team can afford to get itself that perfect gift, of course, but every roster has holes that need to be filled through free agency and the draft.

    Here, you’ll find a look at each team’s biggest offseason needs, based on factors such as past production, team health and the presence of aging players or those with expiring contracts. While salary-cap figures for the 2021 offseason aren’t available, we’ll also take a look at each team’s projected cap situation, according to Spotrac.

    We’ll be looking specifically at roster needs, so while teams such as the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars will require new coaches and front-office personnel, those won’t be addressed here.

    With roughly a quarter left in the 2020 season, here’s an early look at each team’s shopping list for 2021.

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    Kyler Murray

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    Projected Cap Space: $24.9 Million

  • Tight End
  • Running Back
  • Edge-Rusher

The Arizona Cardinals may or may not be a playoff team this season, but they’re at least close to contention. Since the franchise won just eight games in 2018-19, their 6-5 record should provide plenty of hope for the future.

That future will be built around second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. The former Oklahoma star and No. 1 overall pick isn’t playing at an MVP level just yet, but he’s already one of the more dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in football.

To help get Murray to the next level, the Cardinals need to invest in a pass-catching tight end. A quality tight end can make a young quarterback’s job much easier, and Arizona simply doesn’t have one on its roster. Dan Arnold, who has 225 receiving yards, is serviceable but isn’t going to keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

It wouldn’t hurt to bolster the backfield either. Kenyan Drake is playing on the transition tag, and while he has been good at times, he hasn’t been elite. If he is seeking a sizable payday in free agency, the Cardinals would be better off turning to the draft for Chase Edmonds’ new running mate.

On defense, Arizona needs to address its pass rush. Chandler Jones played just five games before he landed on injured reserve because of a torn biceps, and he’ll be in the final year of his deal in 2021. Haason Reddick leads the team with five sacks but is already in the final year of his contract.

Compared to many teams we’ll examine, the Cardinals should be in relatively good shape with the cap this offseason, so while they’re solid now, they could be even better in 2021.

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    A.J. Terrell

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    Projected Cap Space: Minus-$25.0

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Women’s World Cup to be expanded to 16 teams from 2025

(Reuters) – The number of teams participating in the women’s Rugby World Cup will be increased from 12 to 16 from the 2025 edition, the sport’s governing body announced on Monday.



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The decision was taken by the Rugby World Cup Board earlier this year and World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said it was a “milestone moment” for the women’s game.

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“In 2017 we set out an ambitious eight-year plan to accelerate the development of women in rugby … and an ambition to improve and expand the number of teams competing in pinnacle events,” Beaumont said in a statement.

“We have seen in recent years that more teams are making a statement at international level and unions are continuing to develop their women’s high-performance programmes.

“Expansion of the Rugby World Cup opens additional… playing pathway opportunities for unions at the highest level of the game and creates added incentive for unions worldwide to continue to invest and grow in their women’s programmes.”

The 2021 World Cup, the ninth edition since the inaugural tournament in 1991, will be held in New Zealand from Sept. 18-Oct. 16. New Zealand are the defending champions after winning their fifth title.

The host selection process for the 2025 edition begins in February 2021 and is set to conclude in May 2022 with a council vote.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Eediting by Ken Ferris)

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Biden taps women from Obama and Clinton teams for top jobs

US president-elect Joe Biden has given top positions to female former aides to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as he announced senior appointments to his economic and communications team on Sunday.

Mr Biden announced that Jennifer Psaki, the former White House communications director and State department spokesperson under Mr Obama, would serve as White House press secretary. He also tapped Kate Bedingfield to be White House communications director after serving in that role for his presidential campaign.

The announcement of the communications team came as it emerged that Neera Tanden, a former senior aide to Mrs Clinton, was set to be tapped by Mr Biden to be White House budget director, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr Biden is also poised to name Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University labour economist, to be chair of the White House council of economic advisers. Serving alongside her on the council will be Jared Bernstein, Mr Biden’s former chief economist when he was vice-president, and Heather Boushey, an economist whose research is centred on combating inequality.

The economic appointments are likely to be announced this week with the selection of Janet Yellen, the former Fed chair, as Treasury secretary.

Ms Yellen is expected to be flanked by Wally Adeyemo, the president of the Obama foundation and a former international economic official during his administration — who is set to be named deputy Treasury secretary. The economic appointments were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Mr Biden’s choices emerged at the end of the long Thanksgiving holiday, as the president-elect continued to fill out his team with a more diverse cast of senior officials than has been the case in past administrations. This was one of the key promises of the Democratic candidate during his campaign. The choices also reflect his need to balance the different factions of the Democratic party.

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Amber Valleta teams up with Karl Lagerfeld on eco-friendly accessories line



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Amber Valleta is set to release an eco-friendly accessories collection with Karl Lagerfeld.

The 46-year-old supermodel-and-actress has joined forces with the iconic fashion house on a range of sustainable pieces made from cactus leather and recycled cotton, which will launch in spring 2021.

It includes the signature K/Kushion bag made with environmentally-friendly materials.

Amber worked with the brand’s late founder – who passed away at the age of 85 in February 2019 – many times over the years as Lagerfeld was the creative director of Chanel, one of the many brands she has been the face of over the years.

And she burst into tears of joy when she saw their names together on the line’s branding.

She told WWD.com: “Karl and I had so much history together, and I’m excited to be partnering with his namesake brand for a project that’s so meaningful to us both.”

The collection also includes a reusable water bottle, zip wallet, card holder, face mask and laundry bag.

What’s more, profits made from the sale of the K/Kushion bags will go to The Fashion Pact initiative, which was launched by the Parisian luxury goods service Kering in August 2019, and is “a global coalition of companies in the fashion and textile industry”, who are “all committed to a common core of key environmental goals in three areas: stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.”

Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive officer of Karl Lagerfeld, said the sustainable collection with Amber has been in the pipeline since 2015.

He said: “We were not ready back then, but continuously kept this objective on the radar.”

Righi heaped praise on the ‘Hitch’ star for her “great insights” and said they have a “shared passion for environmental sustainability”.

He added: “Amber and Karl worked together for many years, and she is a true member of the Karl Lagerfeld family.”

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