May 21st, 2018
Three adult women having coffee while having a pleasant conversation in a coffee shop booth

A great negotiation often has four parts related to building relationships, listening for understanding, educating for enlightening and negotiating winning solutions. However, the question remains how much small talk is necessary to build the relationship and is it really necessary? That is the focus on this article.

Small talk

April 30th, 2018
lower blue hand and upper red hand with some key words imprinted on the hands giving each other "five" for cooperating so well with each other

Over the last four weeks I have focused on why collaboration is important in the workplace, why collaboration is hard, why collaboration doesn’t always work, why collaboration is better than competition, and now I am tying things together with how collaboration can help grow your business.

April 23rd, 2018
Woman looking at eleven circles tied together by lines with faces inside the circles.

Wait a minute. Isn’t competition good in the work place? Isn’t competition what makes America great?

The question really is which is better for your team?

You are only as good as your weakest link when the chain breaks. You might have one super link in the chain, but that does not matter when the chain breaks. By shoring up your weakest link the entire chain is stronger.

April 9th, 2018
Two geese with one acting in an aggressive posture

From the time we started school we were taught to work hard, study hard, do our best and we will get ahead. Then when the best technician becomes a manager all of that has to be turned on its head. Why?

April 2nd, 2018
Five fits with participants from various backgrounds coming together with a fist bump as a team

We are all oriented to either minimizing pain or maximizing reward. This is what plays out related to conflict resolution versus collaboration. This article addresses the benefits of collaboration in the workplace and how you can create a more collaborative environment. Pioneering companies get it.

March 5th, 2018

We all negotiate with others. Sometimes the other party can be very difficult to work with. Our best option may to avoid that negotiation and go elsewhere, but sometimes that is not an option. This article addresses this issue.

January 22nd, 2018

This article addresses how to turn a crises into a collaboration. We can learn from hostage negotiators and their success rate is phenomenal. So what can you do to help yourself when you feel like you are in a crises with someone else?

January 15th, 2018

From the book Peaceful Resolutions a summary of one of the steps to resolving conflict is a free six sided pocket guide (that fits in your pocket).  One of the six sides of the tri-fold pocket guide offers Ten Steps for an Interest-Based Resolution.  This 10 step summary process is elaborated on in this text. 

January 8th, 2018

In a negotiation each party enters into the negotiation with a position and series of interests. How we explore those interests goes a long way towards reaching a mutually acceptable alternative with the other party. Asking key questions appropriately makes a real difference in the outcome.

January 2nd, 2018

As we start a new year, it pays to reflect on how we make a difference in our vocation and what we may want to do differently with the start of this new year.  This article explains how.

December 26th, 2017

As someone who concentrates on resolving conflict, negotiating winning solutions and inspiring leaders I want to offer you some relatively simple tips to help make the start of the new year better for you related to potential conflicts with customers and staff. You are not alone. Consider this commentary and reach out to mentors to explore how these or similar ideas may work best for you in your situation.

December 18th, 2017
In business two elements can continually be at odds with one another. These items are trust and transparency. Transparency is clearly a good idea, but when is to much a bad idea? This article explores this question with employees and then looks at this question related to a negotiation.

In business two elements can continually be at odds with one another. These items are trust and transparency. Transparency is clearly a good idea, but when is to much a bad idea? This article explores this question with employees and then looks at this question related to a negotiation.