October 2015 Blog Posts (21)

[Opinion] Leadership Through "Doing Things That Don't Scale"

There are “things that don’t scale” many organizations avoid doing when they reach a certain size.

Leaders in those organizations (who may have begun bravely desiring to commit to doing those things) abandon the “things that don’t scale” as other interests begin to attract their attention (see Google here) and as other constituencies demand…

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Added by Jesan Sorrells on October 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

[Opinion] On Moving the Needle

When the conflict needle moves at the top of the organizational hierarchy, it doesn’t always translate to changes at the bottom of the organizational funnel.



This is due to three reasons:

  • People at varying levels in organizations make assumptions about the value of organizational…
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Added by Jesan Sorrells on October 27, 2015 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Trust Your Canary: The Challenge of Workplace Incivility

Sharone Bar-David

Join us for a compelling and informative discussion about workplace incivility—those seemingly insignificant rude or disrespectful behaviors at work that can really get under our skin (eye rolling is a classic example). Sharone Bar-David, renowned expert on workplace incivility,…

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Added by Patricia M Porter on October 27, 2015 at 10:56pm — No Comments

The Texas Conflict Coach® November Newsletter

The Texas Conflict Coach® Blog Talk Radio program announces our series focused on Dispute Resolution - Cyber Style.

 

The following episodes will air every Tuesday from 5:00-5:30 pm PST/7:00-7:30 pm CST/ 8:00-8:30 pm EST.

 

To…
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Added by Patricia M Porter on October 27, 2015 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Half a Loaf

OK … so, I’m an ‘A’ type personality.

I can’t remember the last time I approached a project with the idea that I was only going to get half of it done. Why bother if you don’t go the distance?

And yet, that’s exactly the advice I gave someone the other day.

A colleague who knows I am a trained mediator asked me to refer him to a divorce mediator. Let’s name him Harry.

Harry is hoping that he and his wife can come to an amicable…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on October 26, 2015 at 12:32pm — No Comments

What Does Trump’s Popularity Say About Conflict?

Every morning, I start my day like most Americans–by checking my cell phone for the latest news and weather. I especially like the AP wire, probably because it’s my old friend from my newsroom days. And, although coverage has “died down” a bit lately, for a while, all I was reading about was Donald Trump.

Now, I don’t dare get into politics in this blog, but I found myself fascinated by all the coverage focused on Trump (good AND bad). Every day, it seems, he was creating a…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on October 23, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Enlightened Medical Approaches Run Parallel to Transformative Mediation.

In Atul Gawande's latest book, Being Mortal, he bemoans the over-medicalization of death.  We who help with conflict can learn something from him. Read the blog here.

Added by ISCT by Dan Simon on October 20, 2015 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Toxic Behaviors in the Workplace: Why? How? What?

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Control freaks, narcissists, manipulators, and bullies. It takes all kinds, they say, but can your organization afford to employ such toxic personalities? Often clever chameleons, who “kiss up” and “kick down,” they know how and when to disguise their…

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Added by Patricia M Porter on October 20, 2015 at 10:01pm — No Comments

[Strategy] Leadership Through Reconciliation

“Our values are our strength.”

“Our people are our greatest resource.”

We could go on, but pointing out the hypocrisy evident in the difference between the words written on the organizational masthead, and the actual organizational action, has been written about to death.

Leadership in…

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Added by Jesan Sorrells on October 19, 2015 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Chasing Happiness

Being on vacation is a perfect time to think about happiness. What does it take to be happy?

I don’t have time to read many magazines but the opportunity presented itself poolside in Southern CA last month. Someone had left a copy of ‘Health’  for me to enjoy.and there on the ‘Best Life Now’ page, was a little blurb about happiness.…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on October 19, 2015 at 2:48pm — No Comments

[Strategy] Leadership Through Apology

Much is made in the Western world of the importance of an apology.

When we start out as children—and our world is starkly black and white—apology comes, not from inside of us, but from outside of us. It is a statement we are compelled to say to others when we hurt them, under…

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Added by Jesan Sorrells on October 16, 2015 at 8:51pm — No Comments

What’s So Scary About Conflict?

We have a really fun term in the therapy world: triangulation. I’ve written about the concept before, but I’ll refresh your memories–triangulation happens when two people “bring” a third party into a discussion, argument, or conflict in order to ease the tension or avoid the conflict altogether. Have you ever been angry with a co-worker, spouse, or friend, but didn’t want to confront that person directly? Isn’t it easier to tell someone ELSE about the conflict and let them solve it for…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on October 15, 2015 at 10:12am — No Comments

[Opinion] 4 Hotspots for Organizational Conflict

In many organizations, the anticipated fear of doing something that might not work when resolving a conflict outweighs the anticipated benefits of taking a risk and resolving a conflict in a new way.

 

This anticipated fear shows up in four areas. 

  • Poor customer service interactions—these…
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Added by Jesan Sorrells on October 14, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Become a Virtual Judge or Have Your Case Settled on the Net- Part 2

StephenKotev2

Brāv is a new way for people of any age to find a solution to bullying, violence, and conflict. Find out why this is so important and join our guest, Remi Alli to learn how to…

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Added by Patricia M Porter on October 14, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Are There Monkeys Outside?

How do you have a conversation with someone who has dementia? What do you talk about?

It’s pretty challenging when the person you love can’t follow along. Usual conversation topics such as family members, current events and memories don’t work. Plus, even if you find a good topic, there is great difficulty keeping a conversation going when the other person loses their train of thought mid-sentence.

What to do? How do you avoid frustration as a…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on October 12, 2015 at 2:13pm — No Comments

[Strategy] KPIs for Conflict Management Skills Training

Effective conflict management should be a consistently pursued leadership competency in all organizations.

Often though, it’s not even pursued.

Or, even worse when it is pursued, it’s relegated to attending a one off workshop, or seminar over a weekend with little to no follow-up. Neither of…

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Added by Jesan Sorrells on October 12, 2015 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Kids Love Boundaries (They Just Don’t Know It)

I recently wrote a post about adults who push boundaries, but it’s worth noting that kids are experts at it! And, at the risk of writing about boundaries to excess, I think it’s important for all parents to know how they can benefit children, too.

It’s taken me 11 years of (nearly) full-time parenting to figure something out: kids really do love boundaries. I know all the parenting books say so. But, have you ever been around a toddler testing boundaries?…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on October 8, 2015 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Become a Virtual Judge or Have Your Case Settled on the Net- Part 1

Brāv is a new way for people of any age to find a solution to bullying, violence, and conflict. Find out why this is so important and join our guest, Remi Alli to learn how to settle family, school, and…

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Added by Patricia M Porter on October 6, 2015 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Nextdoor

We moved right before Christmas last year from an older neighborhood where the houses are smaller and closer together … to a newer one where the front doors are farther apart.

Although I love my new neighborhood, I do miss the proximity of the houses where I used to live. I felt more connected to my old neighbors. I would see them more frequently and we developed relationships talking about our projects, our trees, the critters (i.e. our resident raccoons) etc.…

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Added by The Olive Branch Blog on October 5, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments

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