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 […]

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, […]

Do Sharks Help People? A Look Inside the Heads of the Female Sharks

| October 28th

Do sharks help people? This ABC Nightline report takes a look inside the heads of the female sharks and provides negotiation tips as well as ideas about what to do when faced with conflict.

The Definition of Conflict Can Include Independent Thinking

| September 5th

Anybody who is a parent knows the definition of conflict can include independent thinking. I find it odd that parents want their children to be independent thinkers, and then become upset when their children think differently from them. When you are in a conflict, is it because you are expecting the other person to behave […]

How To Resolve Conflict According to Lincoln

| November 5th

On November 9, the movie “Lincoln” opens in theaters. “Lincoln” is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie is receiving great reviews along with much anticipation. As the man who led us through the division of our country, Lincoln is now recognized as a man of many skills, including conflict management. Let’s […]

3 Tips After Watching the Federal Budget Deals

| August 3rd

For weeks, we have been subjected to the negotiations between Congressional leaders and President Obama over the debt ceiling and federal budget. It was a roller coaster ride with a lot of tense words and finger pointing. And in the end (which is not really the end), do we have anything to show for it? […]

6 Things You Should Do To Help People Trust You

| June 15th

When conflict arises, people begin a negotiation process to resolve the conflict. The process may be spoken or unspoken depending upon level of conflict. The process itself shall be partially dependent upon the level of trust between the people. Therefore, if you build your trust level with those around you on a daily basis, it […]

Sorry Palin: The Power of Apology When In Conflict

| March 22nd

  Sarah Palin was visiting Israel, and while at the Temple Mount, her hosts explained that Jews are not allowed to openly pray on the Temple Mount, which is a holy site for both Jews and Muslims. Palin responded by asking, “Why are you apologizing all the time?”               From my […]