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We all recognise the serious impact that conflict can have on our working lives and the working lives of others. When it comes to considering some of the key fundamentals of a modern workplace eg.  employee engagement, performance management, talent retention, innovation, a positive working environment, conflict has the potential to undermine all of them. Very often, it does. Some of the ...

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Although few will ever reach the heights of madness and volatility that we see in ‘Breaking Bad’, many of us were poorly educated in how to deal with conflict.  I’m currently on catch up, watching ‘Breaking Bad’ with box sets. It’s distressing and fascinating almost simultaneously. I can’t decide whether to watch it or not, but for now, watching is winning out. It captures the ...

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When working with people in conflict and dispute I am regularly asked ‘Is all this worth it?, ‘ ‘Is it worth spending so much time on this?’, ‘Can we not speed this up and get on with things?’. Sometimes it seems as though talking things through can take too long. It doesn't seem to make financial sense sometimes to a company and distracts too much from the ‘work’ that needs to ...

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I found this article on Parkour and Conflict Management by Anastasis Pryanikova particularly thought provoking for practitioners of Alternative Dispute Resolution and well worth sharing. Conflict Coaching is about assisting individuals to identify their own patterns of behaviour when in conflict and those of the other person. With this awareness they can then choose new and constructive ways ...

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