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Creating a productive and collaborative workplace is not easy, but as a small-business owner, building such an environment starts with you. Here are some tips:
1. Make sure everyone on the team knows exactly what the mission and goals are.
2. Clearly articulate everyone’s roles and responsibilities.
3. Cultivate a variety of work styles, talents, and skills to ensure a creative mix of perspective, experience, and thought.
4. Create a relaxed work climate with an emphasis on collaboration.
5. Take advantage of lessons learned to leverage what has worked in the past and what missteps to avoid.
6. Confront problems as soon as they arise to clear the air and allow the work and relationships to move forward.
7. Empower the team to carry out its work.
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