Faced With Adversity?

| October 26th

What do you do if you have a product that will literally change the world, and you have no money to bring it to market? We all know the feelings of quitting. Staring at something for a long time hoping an answer will come. Praying for divine intervention. Pacing. Sleepless nights. Easton LaChapelle had those […]

To Have Conflict Management Success, Think Differently

| November 11th

In order to have conflict management success, you have to be able to think differently than you normally would. Solutions to conflict are typically right in front of us. We just need to be willing to be creative. In an article by Ekaterina Walter (@Ekaterina), the reader is posed with the question: when do adults […]

Resolve Conflict – Change The Lightbulb

| May 20th

Plato said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Many times we are looking for solutions in a small area. We are standing in darkness and afraid to look in the light. This is a huge mistake. […]

Conflict Management Stories: A Story of 2 Sisters and an Orange

| October 21st

At a recent training presentation I facilitated, I told one of my conflict management stories: a story of 2 sisters and an orange. This story typically makes a strong impression, and this recent training presentation was no exception. After the presentation, a lady came up to me and said that this story really helped her […]

Deal With Conflict by Making a Paradigm Shift

| March 5th

Peacemaking is not easy. It requires a shift in thinking from our learned way of thinking about how to deal with conflict. This shift in thinking is called a paradigm shift, and it has to be remembered throughout the conflict. Every day, people successfully deal with conflict by making a paradigm shift. I once had […]

A Change In Thinking Can Resolve a Conflict

| December 12th

When we are in preschool, we are all taught to share with others. In fact, I remember when my kids were children in preschool, they sang a little song with a line it: “It’s mine, but you can have some”. That’s a nice thought, and we are all taught that early on in life. Somewhere […]

How Do You Resolve Conflict With the “Feelings” Person?

| August 31st

Who provoked the biggest response at last night’s Republican Convention? Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair. The empty chair represents Eastwood’s conflict with President Barack Obama – Eastwood’s “feeling” that Obama is bad for our country. His speech failed to clarify the basis for his feelings and certainly did not articulate any solutions. How […]

When Faced With A Conflict, Use Creative Thinking

| June 1st

Many times a solution to a conflict requires creative thinking. Many of us have a difficult time, however, being creative. Our daily tasks encourage us to be ritualistic, methodical, and predictable. It simply makes life easier. However, when faced with a conflict, it’s usually time to put in gear our creative thinking. Recent Amazing Race […]

Do You Have a Peace Chest to Handle Conflict?

| May 13th

You have heard about saving your money to prepare for war. How about saving your money, and improving your skills and resources to prepare for peace? Do you have a peace chest to handle conflict? Developing a peace chest is a decision to focus on teamwork, problem solving, and interest based negotiation rather than threats […]

Everything I Know About Creativity For Negotiations, I Forgot in Kindergarten

| March 25th

Everything I know about creativity for negotiations… I forgot in kindergarten. Creativity, however, can be critical to finding solutions in the negotiation process. Successful negotiations typically require us to change our thinking process in order to move us away from positions and towards exploring solutions to resolve concerns. Fortunately, Roger von Oech has written A […]