Taylor Swift Taught Me Something About Relationships

| November 6th

My 14-year-old daughter tells me that most of her friends attended the recent Taylor Swift concert, and they all LoVEd it. I overheard adults also talking about what a wonderful experience they had for themselves and with their child. It turns out that Taylor is more than just uber talented and hard working. She understands […]

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 […]

Jennifer Lawrence Talks About Her Negotiation Mistakes

| October 22nd

Jennifer Lawrence has been in the news talking about the mistakes she made during the negotiation for her part in the movie, American Hustle. I explore the lessons we can learn from Lawrence’s statements in this video. If you would like a copy of the Assertive & Cooperative personalities chart that I talk about in the […]

How Do Managers Resolve A Conflict?

| September 3rd

Work relationships, like family relationships, can sometimes have challenges, which then lead to conflict. How do managers resolve a conflict? Without resolving the conflict, effects can linger, resentment grows, and work suffers.  Today, managers are seeking alternative conflict resolution solutions to manage their employees’ conflict. Managers should try following my PEACE format: P – Pause […]

What do you do when you’re about to get into an argument?

| August 19th

What do you do when you’re about to get into an argument? How do you put the brakes on, and steer the conflict into a different direction? I recently had a discussion with Erica Castner about conflict management on her podcast, Proclamation of Persistence. I love that Erica picked up on a main point of mine, which […]

Resolve A Conflict By Breaking It Into Pieces

| April 2nd

Overwhelmed. Too many projects. Too many tasks. Not enough time. These challenges put us outside of our comfort zone, and we have to find a way to work through them. Conflict is typically outside our comfort zone also, so we have to work through it just like other circumstances that overwhelm us. You can find […]

How Shoelaces Reminded Me To Prepare For Conflict

| March 23rd

The other day I was tying my shoe, and in the process of tying my shoelace, it ripped. I had to go into my sock drawer and pull out my spare shoelace to wear. And that is how shoelaces reminded me to prepare for conflict. You see, in the past, I wasn’t able to do that because […]

Help People Develop Their Collaborative Skills

| November 20th

In order to be collaborative, to build consensus, and to manage conflict, a leader has to spend time and effort developing other employees. You should help people develop their collaborative skills. In an article by Mary Jo Asmus (@mjasmus), Asmus discusses how critically important it is for you to develop others in your business or […]

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 […]

Wimbledon’s Conflict Management Story

| October 7th

What was this year’s conflict management story at Wimbledon? In an article by Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) about negotiating time for Centre Court at Wimbledon, it is evident that running a sporting event of that magnitude also has conflict on the administrative side. I teach people that to have a successful negotiation, everybody involved should be cooperative, assertive, […]