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Date Posted: October 3, 2015
Some business owners or top management in ‘tough’ business sectors take the view that their managers have to be equally ‘tough’ in dealing with staff and there is no room for ‘soft skills’ or a need for effective interpersonal relationships between themselves, their managers and their workforce.
Date Posted: September 2, 2015
I’ve been slowly reading Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” over the summer following a recommendation from a friend at the gym. It certainly has been a workout for my mind. I wasn’t anticipating that it would necessarily cross over with our work in effective conflict management but having wrestled through extensive analysis of the ego and how it gets in our way, I was very taken by a short chapter called “Do you want Peace or Drama”. Because I think it is so relevant I have synopsised it here for you
Date Posted: August 6, 2015
We recently took a family holiday in Lake Garda. Knowing that the temperatures would be hot, we also knew to expect Mosquitos! Before we left I talked to a number of pharmacists about how to avoid the dreaded Mosquito bite and read up on as much as I could! I heard about their preference for different blood types, how they use body heat to identify humans etc.. etc.. I was given antihistamine and advised to take Garlic pills and by another, Vitamin B. I divvied up the various pills to all the family one week in advance delighted that I had finally nailed it!
Date Posted: May 19, 2015
Dealing with difficult people – be mindful I spoke recently with my old school pal Willie Horton telling him about our new company Oak Conflict Dynamics and the work we are doing in training managers to cope better with conflict. Willie is what I would call a guru in mindfulness and works internationally with business leaders in helping them to achieve their true potential through the use of purposeful mindfulness. He shared his thoughts with me on conflict in the workplace.
Date Posted: April 27, 2015
At a recent lecture on conflict management, I asked, why do we hit out at others when we are in conflict. Somebody responded, ‘to balance the hurt’. I think this is true, but I wonder is it effective? In my view, when we don’t blame, we are much more likely to ‘balance the hurt’ and resolve the conflict more effectively.