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Navigating Challenging Work Environments

Working on a staff team can be complicated, especially in a Unitarian Universalist congregation where different groups and individuals have varying levels of authority and power. This workshop is for Administrative Professionals who are searching for better ways to have difficult conversations, whether they are with members, visitors, supervisors, staff, the Board, or the congregation as a whole. We will look at ways to develop positive relationships (especially during challenging times), communicate feedback in timely and direct ways, listen to others, advocate for oneself and the role of administrative professionals, and positively adapt to situations that are less than optimal.

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Originally presented June 2020 at AUUA (Association of UU Administrators) GA Professional Days

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About the Authors

Sharon Dittmar

Reverend Dittmar graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1997. She served one year as Interim Minister at the Gathering at Northern Hills (Cincinnati, OH 1997-1998), and eighteen years as Minister at First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati (1998-2016). In 2016 she began work as Congregational Life...

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