Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

Collaboration

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July 24th, 2021

Do’s and Don’ts with tough Conversations

A difficult conversation can be something that makes you anxious or gives you stress. Everyone has difficult conversations The question is, what should you not do and what should you do when faced with a tough conversation. This could be personnel matter, a conduct issue, a reprimand, a transfer, a termination, or any of a host of difficult conversations. As an author that specializes in conflict resolution and collaboration, here are some observations to help you.

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July 14th, 2021

Addressing family strife with the transfer of the family business

As a qualified mediator that focuses on business valuation issues, I have been brought in many times to assist with conflicts associated with business valuation and family succession issues, when things do not necessarily go as planned. This article focuses on common problems and ways in which a qualified neutral familiar with business valuation can help the parties through this emotional and stressful time. Various parties offer expertise to assist with the process, but in the end a qualified neutral familiar with this process, valuation, and mediation can help resolve painful issues timely with far less emotional and physical resources expended.

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July 12th, 2021

Addressing conflict with returning to the office policies

Not all conflicts are bad.

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July 5th, 2021

Explaining four “E” words associated with Collaboration

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. Look at the photo above. It speaks volumes. To develop leaders, promote collaboration, overcome conflict, address disputes, and promote healing for the betterment of your organization. Words matter. This article looks at four words that begin with the letter “E” that have to do with The Collaboration Effect. These are equality, equity, empathy, and educate. A closer look at each indicates why each is important for collaboration. Let us begin with equality.

June 25th, 2021

This is how to neutralize negativity for collaboration

How can you neutralize negativity where you work?

June 21st, 2021

Know and apply one of the five negotiation styles

Let us take a look at the five negotiation styles of accommodation, avoidance, compromise, collaboration, and competition.  Which is your preferred style?  What about the other party? What can you do for a better negotiation?

June 12th, 2021

Build trust to enhance collaboration and conflict resolution

In the book The Collaboration Effect trust is presented as part of the foundation for both collaboration and conflict resolution. Here the focus is on trust and being trustworthy. What can you do to enhance trust and promote trustworthiness with others to promote collaboration and conflict resolution to address disputes?

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June 6th, 2021

This is how to resolve remote conflicts at work

With people working remotely the opportunity for miscommunication, misunderstanding, and conflict is greater. Avoiding these types of conflicts and addressing these types of conflicts appropriately and timely is key to promote alignment and collaboration. What follows explores the situation and provides some insights to help you in these situations.

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May 24th, 2021

This is how can you collaborate with people you do not like at work

You may have to work with someone you don not like. So how can you work with difficult people, overcome any disputes or conflicts, and work collaboratively with one another? This may involve listening, empathy, and leadership on your part. This may involve some self-examination to see if maybe you might be part of the problem. This article explores a number of areas for you to consider so that can work collaboratively with people you do not like.  In the end we all have to sometimes work with people we would really rather not have to work with, but the task has to be completed and you going to have work this with that person. So now what do you do?

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May 18th, 2021

This is how to engage with others and build connecting relationships

The Collaboration Effect is all about finding ways to collaborate with others for better outcomes. A key element for collaboration with others is parties engaging with each other. Leaders know this and foster collaboration. The Collaboration Effect is all about connecting relationships, listening actively, and educating judiciously to build bridges and negotiate closure This article takes a deeper dive into reaching out to others, engaging with others, and finding ways to really connect based on their needs.

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