If interdepartmental disagreements are not part of your daily life, you can skip reading this piece. But I hear about these situations frequently, and two cases of this kind of dispute came my way just... 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
Last week I worked with a coaching client who has a technically skilled but interpersonally challenging team member we’ll call “Ermengarde.” She had a reputation for being particularly annoying to some of her teammates, who... 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
For the podcast Set to Lead, Mary Ann Samedi asked me a number of practical questions about how you can work effectively with people according to their conflict styles. Part of the challenge of being... 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
Why is it that leaders often believe they’ve given clear direction, while the rank-and-file remains practically unaware that there’s been any communication at all? I just got an email from a mid-level manager who’s in... Continue reading
This article originally appeared on hbr.org. Whether your manager is a front-line supervisor or the CEO, every leader occasionally has unrealistic expectations. But some bosses are unrealistic most of the time. They don’t take into account... Continue reading
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