No matter how great your team is, sometimes you’ll need to address them as a group on challenging, uncomfortable topics—which can stress out even experienced leaders. When one of my clients recently asked me for... Continue reading
In an odd coincidence last week, three different clients described the difficulties they’re experiencing because of their dislike for or distress about someone they work with. The circumstances in the three cases were quite different,... Continue reading
Whenever a particular bit of business jargon comes up multiple times in the same week from different clients, I always wonder what ripples are moving through the corporate zeitgeist! Are you hearing about people being... Continue reading
A client called me last week to ask how to handle a recurring situation: a longtime manager of one department accused another work group of making serious, costly mistakes — all the time, because they... Continue reading
During his podcast, The Soul of Business, Blaine Bartlett asked me about my method for assessing conflict and other problems; I described some of the questions I use to start to identify what’s actually happening... Continue reading
What role does fear play in conflict, and how can we overcome it to address a disagreement? I talked about this with Christina Eanes for the Quit Bleeping Around podcast. Keep Things in Proportion Conflict... Continue reading
Part of the challenge of being in conflict is that we can become very self-focused: We wonder why this is happening to us and how can we protect ourselves. That self-focus often leads us to... Continue reading
Someone recently asked me if the current polarization in both politics and social media is also making people less willing to hear opposing views at work. I responded that even before the digital age, like-minded... Continue reading
This article originally appeared on Forbes. It’s terribly hard for most people to raise crucial disagreements at work, even though staying silent can mean we miss production deadlines, misunderstand customers’ requirements and stifle creativity because no one... Continue reading
We most often think conflict is about the people we’re fighting with, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are straightforward — although not necessarily easy — approaches to working through conflicts faster... Continue reading
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