Month: June 2013

Six Factors That Can Make Matters Worse: Communication

First and foremost is Communication. This may seem obvious, but the devil lay in the details.  Communication is more than a relay of information. Many things impact communication: Choice of words  Volume Proximity Sarcasm Language, culture, nationality, etc Medium (letter, email, in person, etc) External noises Social media (facebook, twitter, reddit, etc) Body language Relationship …

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Six Factors That Can Make Matters Worse: Emotion

Emotion is the known-unknown influence. We know emotions are always involved in conflict. Just which emotions, and how strong they are, is difficult to actually calculate.  This is where communication and trust can help. When emotions are involved, they can override the controls that gauge communication and trust. Open communication and strong trust help manage …

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The Crux of the Craft Beer v. Crafty Beer Debate: It’s Personal

–To better understand the arguments behind Craft v. Crafty, see links at the end– There is a heated debate between a few large breweries (AB-InBev, MillerCoors, etc) and more than two thousand small breweries across the U.S. and some other countries.  To get a quick outline of the situation, the large breweries bring in about …

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Magic Hat / West Sixth Breweries Use Mediation for Settlement

Last week, Magic Hat and West Sixth breweries reached a settlement of a trademark dispute without going to court.  According to initial reports, a magistrate judge served as mediator and the official dispute ended within a week.  We applaud both parties for choosing mediation to seek a mutually agreeable solution and avoid expensive, drawn out …

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Meta-Culture’s Groundbreaking Initiative in India

PIONEERING GARMENT SECTOR INITIATIVE COMES TO A CLOSE Our friends at Meta-Culture in Bangalore, India have announced the conclusion of their 2-year dialogue with the GSR. Facilitation of this magnitude, length, reach, and number and diversity of participants is a remarkable accomplishment, requiring time, patience, finances and ongoing learning on behalf of all involved.  OvalOptions …

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