May 2017 Blog Posts (15)

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution May 30th 2017

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution is a roundup of the all the ADR news, research, jobs, events and more. Check it out, and view past versions [HERE].…

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Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on May 30, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Encouraging Lateral Thinking to Problem Solve

Our model of thinking in the Western world is based on linear logic – which is entirely derived from the left side of the brain.

Now don’t get me wrong. Linear thinkers are important — they keep us on track in a methodical, sequential and focused way, which is great for lots of problem solving situations.

Linear thinkers tend to see the world as black and white and are comfortable with a singular answer to a problem.

Lateral thinkers, on the…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 29, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

When Is Conflict Worth It?

Have you ever been around someone who creates conflict even over the smallest events or problems? It’s as if this person might be hunting for conflict or complaint and seizes on every opportunity to “have it out.”

Even though that’s the extreme, it IS hard to know when lodging a complaint might be worth the conflict that ensues. And, knowing when conflict is appropriate is even harder for those who feel they didn’t have a “voice” growing up (now that I’m a grown-up, I get to…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 25, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Leaders: Would you rather be liked or respected?

Leadership is hard and lonely.

Creating a vision and direction can impact many – like shaking up the status quo. So, as you forge a new leadership role or build on an existing one … would you feel better if you are liked or respected?

That’s a tricky question — because most of us would answer that we want both.

However, if we worry too much about being liked, it will start to cloud our ability to lead.

The fact is that your decisions…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 22, 2017 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Does Long Distance = Less Conflict?

When it comes to long-distance relationships, the generally-accepted philosophy is that they’re not a good idea and often lead to conflict and break-ups. But, is that really the case?

The latest studies actually show the opposite. The authors of one study written about in Psychology Today surveyed married couples who were living partly or entirely apart and found some pretty surprising results: Not only were they as satisfied with their marriages, they actually reported LESS…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 18, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Mediation, Elder Abuse and Saving the Family: Mediation & Conflict Strategies to Avoid Elder Abuse

Steve Mehta

As Americans are getting older, more and more issues arise relating to elder abuse in financial and health care settings. Studies show that the majority of abuse occurs within the family. What can be done to resolve these issues? Listen to a respected elder abuse mediator and author, Steve Mehta, and learn how to address these difficult issues.…

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Added by Patricia M Porter on May 16, 2017 at 10:36pm — No Comments

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution May 17th 2017

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution is a roundup of the all the ADR news, research, jobs, events and more. Check it out, and view past versions [HERE].…

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Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on May 16, 2017 at 11:59am — No Comments

Civil Conversations

A colleague recently told me about relationships he had that were being strained by the negative public discourse in our country.…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 15, 2017 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Had a Chaotic Childhood? Why You May Have an Advantage

For so many years, we mental health professionals have empathized with clients who came from emotionally chaotic childhoods and homes. After all, it’s been shown that coming from a chaotic home can set you up for all sorts of problems later on (a pursuit of immediate gratification, etc.).

But, what if I told you that crazy childhood may actually be an ADVANTAGE? Well, the researchers have been busy these past few years trying to figure out why some folks who report chaotic…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 11, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hitting P A U S E

You’ve just been hit with a fistful of words and your immediate reaction is to hit back with a barrage of your own.

Austrian psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, once said “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.”

Being so reactionary, with your fists raised, isn’t the best way to be. It just escalates the situation.

So … what is an alternative response?

My suggestion is to activate…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 8, 2017 at 12:54pm — No Comments

“Even If… That Doesn’t Mean…

Inner conflict is one of the toughest battles to fight – after all, when we have an inner conflict, we can’t blame someone else or schedule a fist fight in the parking lot. Instead, it’s up to us and us alone to figure things out. And, that can be a tall order.

At the root of most inner conflict is anxiety – the idea that, even without evidence, something bad will happen. Although many people don’t think anxiety can be debilitating, let me assure it can be.…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Who's in Charge-Managing Difficult Decisions Around A Parent's Care

Byron Cordes

When a family member needs help everyone has an idea of what is “best.” Many times, adult children are called upon in a crisis to help their parents make some decisions about their care. The family and the senior have to decide the senior may need. The differing options of care (how much, what type, and how it will be funded) can cause conflict within the family. Geriatric…

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Added by Patricia M Porter on May 3, 2017 at 10:22pm — No Comments

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution May 2nd 2017

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution is a roundup of the all the ADR news, research, jobs, events and more. Check it out, and view past versions [HERE].…

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Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on May 2, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

The Texas Conflict Coach® May Radio Programs

We are making program changes to the Texas Conflict Coach® effective May 1, 2017. I am making these changes to provide more effective and valuable content. During our transition, we will re-broadcast well-liked episodes “Straight from the Archives”, produce our LIVE Conflict Chats: Ripped from the Headlines programs the last…
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Added by Patricia M Porter on May 2, 2017 at 12:03am — No Comments

Tempted to Give Advice? Think Again.

It’s bound to happen. Someone with a marital or relationship problem is going to come to you and ask for advice.

How do you best support that person now that you have been put into this “first responder” role?Your first reaction might be to offer your advice, but according to William Doherty, a professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota, the most effective thing that you can do is pretty darn simple … just listen!

His theory is…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on May 1, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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