Collaboration

Expectations Unmet? – Choose Forgiveness

by October 04, 2013

This has been an interesting past couple weeks.  I have spent much of my time with people experiencing serious conflict in both their personal and professional lives.  Now you might be thinking, “ Well yeah, that’s what you do.  That’s the business you are in.  […]

Picking up Where I Left Off

by September 27, 2013

It has been far to long since I sat down to share some thoughts about my work.  Well, as they say, the best laid plans.  Actually I have been doing quite a bit of writing.  A colleague and I are finalizing a three-credit online course […]

Redefining our Relationship to Conflict: Shifting from Doing to Being

In my most recent post I shared some emerging thoughts on the notion of redefining our relationship with conflict.  I continue to be engaged by this challenge, as I am daily reminded of the approach/avoidance relationship many have with conflict.  I encounter so many in […]

Redefining our Relationship to Conflict

by October 10, 2012

Redefining our Relationship to Conflict I have spent the past 20+ years engaged in teaching people how to navigate conflict.  I started in the early 90’s teaching Basic Mediation.  I continue to this day offering multiple classes and seminars on skills and strategies for effectively […]

Balancing Task with Maintenance: Part 3

by August 24, 2012

Balancing Task with Maintenance:  Part 3 Those who want to get on with the work of the team sometimes see the focus on balance of task with maintenance as a waste of time.  We are busy people and we don’t have time to waste on […]

Balancing Task with Maintenance: Part 2

by August 17, 2012

Sometimes you need to have a conversation about how you are going to do the work before you start doing the work. There a number of conversations that teams should have when entering a collaborative initiative and that should be revisited on a somewhat regular […]

Balancing Task with Maintenance: Part 1

by August 10, 2012

Balancing Task with Maintenance:  Part 1 Sound Options Group, LLC has recently partnered with colleagues at Change Matrix, LLC and the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to launch the Collaboration LAB.  This initiative is initially focused on supporting multiple agencies and stakeholders […]

Conflict Engagement Top 10: Part 3

by July 20, 2012

Conflict Engagement Top 10:  Part 3 The final four on my top 10 list represent some of my more recent learning.  They are elements of an emerging shift in the way I understand the work of conflict engagement and have expanded the context in which […]

Conflict Engagement Top 10: Part 2

by July 13, 2012

Conflict Engagement Top 10:  Part 2 This exercise in identifying a “top 10 list” for effectively engaging conflict has facilitated some interesting reflection.  On the one hand I do not want to imply that when applied these “10 easy strategies” will eliminate the challenge of […]

Conflict Engagement Top 10: Part 1

by July 11, 2012

Conflict Engagement Top 10:  Part 1 One of my early lessons as a mediator was the value of summary.  While serving many purposes, the value for the mediator is the ability, to stop, take stock, and determine the next move.  It has been almost 24 […]