Month: March 2013

Communication: It’s a Tricky Bloke

Communication: It’s a Tricky Bloke One of the central issues of conflict is communication.  Communication is more than the passing of information, which is sent as a message. At its basic level, a message has four components: content, sender, the medium, and the receiver. Each contains complexities and maintains influence over information passed (even silence …

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Punxsutawney Phil in Mediation

The Associated Press reported this weekend that Ohio authorities have issued an indictment of Punxsutawney Phil, alleging that he “did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early.” Additional sources have suggested that Phil is seeking to file suit regarding the slanderous social media war being …

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You Have It. Conflict: An Introduction

You Have It.  Conflict: An Introduction To help breweries better understand our services, we’ll start by clarifying conflict.  Conflict is a strong word, but it exists every day and offers opportunities for growth and progress…if managed well.  If it is not, conflict can incur devastating damages to relationships, communities and businesses.  Conflict is any instance …

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NOPE does mean no, but BANANA is not necessarily a fruit

NOPE does mean no, but BANANA is not necessarily a fruit I have been a conflict resolution professional for just over twenty-five years.  My most memorable cases have been land use/environmental cases, usually convened at the behest of local governments and involving multiple parties and factions.  To be a successful mediator in this arena, one …

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Resolve Family Conflicts Before It’s Too Late – Tell Your Sister You Were Right About Me

Tell Your Sister You Were Right About Me ~Darth Vader You probably know someone who has been in a conflict with a relative for years, perhaps decades. Perhaps you yourself have not spoken with a brother, sister, or parent in a long time. This is a common problem. The more time that goes by, the …

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