Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

December 8th, 2023

December 8, 2023 Michael Gregory’s Weekly Leadership Round Up

Leadership, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution  

December 7th, 2023

Beyond Disputes: The Artistry of Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Adaptable and personalized, mediation tailors itself to your unique situation, ensuring a flexible and customized journey towards resolution.

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December 5th, 2023

15 ideas for building quality relationships at work

As a trusted leader, it's your responsibility to foster an environment where high-quality relationships thrive. Not only does your leadership foster a more pleasant workplace, it also contributes to increased productivity and job satisfaction. But often your job involves dealing with colleagues you don’t know well or may occasionally disagree with. Some of your colleagues may be in person and others may be virtual or hybrid. Here are 15 tips for educating and inspiring all of your colleagues to work better with one another, even when they have differences of opinion or limited interactions.

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December 1st, 2023

December 1, 2023 Michael Gregory’s Weekly Leadership Round Up

Leadership, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution  

Building a bridge from both directions for the Hoover Dam
November 27th, 2023

Be a bridge builder across differences

Want to be a bridge builder across differences based on neuroscience? This article from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley offers great insights. Starting with that article as an experienced mediator and negotiator that focuses on conflict resolution additional commentary is provided that expands on some of the observations to help you work with others to overcome conflicts or disputes. Read on to learn more. The article offers five ways to have better conversations across differences. These are to Listen to their story Try not to take anything personally Be a bridge, and not a barrier Lean into discomfort Set norms to create a safe and brave container The commentary that follows uses similar headings, highlights key points from the article and offers additional thoughts to enhance results.

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November 20th, 2023

Reflecting on Being Thankful

Ah, Thanksgiving, the time of year when many gather with family or friends to celebrate the day, loosen those belts a notch or two, and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. It's that one day when it's perfectly acceptable to eat too much often with turkey and pie, and not feel the least bit guilty about it. But beyond the food coma and family gatherings, Thanksgiving is a beautiful reminder to be thankful for all the gifts life has bestowed upon us. So, grab a seat at the virtual table, my friend, because I'm reflecting here on how much I have to be thankful for and hope this helps you reflect on what you have to be thankful for too. You may not have all of the elements listed here, but no matter what you have things to be grateful for and to reflect upon in gratitude.

November 17th, 2023

November 17, 2023 Michael Gregory’s Weekly Leadership Round Up

Leadership, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution  

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November 13th, 2023

The role of a mediator in business valuation disputes

A business valuation mediator plays a crucial role in facilitating communication and negotiation between parties involved in a dispute, such as a business valuation dispute, where expert business valuers are engaged. The business valuation mediator is impartial and assists the parties in helping them reach a mutually acceptable resolution to their dispute. When working with expert business valuers in a business mediation, the business valuation mediator typically follows a structured process. This is an example of such a process but the facts, attorneys, decision makers, and business valuation experts may result in a different process than what is presented here. A qualified and experienced business valuation mediator with a background in business valuation working with business valuers will structure the process appropriate for the parties. This is an example process:

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November 10th, 2023

November 10, 2023 Michael Gregory’s Weekly Leadership Round

Leadership, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution  

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November 5th, 2023

How can you build collaboration skills with teams?

In order to build collaboration skills and teams you need the right tools in the right hands in order build collaboration. When people work collaboratively with one another being trained, with the right tools, they can apply their skill set with the rest of the team and are affirmed for their contribution to the team effort, you are far more likely to have a successful collaboration. Having researched this topic I am sharing with you key elements from a commentary by Workest entitled Building Collaboration Skills for Individuals and Teams.  What follows is a summary of key points from their article  with personal anecdotal commentary from experiences as a manager with over 30 years’ experience and with over 1,2000 employees. I am offering these insights that will hopefully help you.


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