Category: Conflict Resolution

Taking Ownership

A certain element of leadership has really been on my mind today. The element of taking ownership not only of your mistakes but of your problems. Too many times we push our problems onto others and blame the situation on something they are doing. In some cases, it may be a problem that is a

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Great Reads for Thursday Nov. 3rd

As you know, I usually review one article per post but today I have read so many that I want to share links to them all so you can enjoy as I have. There is a lot to learn out there. Grow from these wise words… “Refocus on People” from Dan Rockwell on the LeadershipFreak

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Changing Yourself to Deal with Difficulty

As leaders, but even just as workers in the “real” world, we all experience difficult situations that make us react negatively. Is it as easy as think positive thoughts to deal with those situations? Blogger Tony Schwartz wrote today on the Fast Company leadership blog about the ways we can change ourselves in order to

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A Leadership Sandwich?

Have you ever heard the metaphor of the sandwich in regards to confronting a coworker? The idea is that you start and end the conversation with praise in order to make the negative bit easier to bear. But does this actually accomplish what is desired or needed? In his article today on the Leadership Training

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Sticking to the Facts

How many times have you assumed the reason behind someone else’s actions? I know I do this all the time but, in reality, how do I know what they are thinking or what their motives are? I don’t. But I do know how their actions affect me. In Bill Stinnett’s latest post on the Leadership

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Resolving Conflict Starts with Listening

Isn’t it nice to have a vacation every once in a while? Especially one where you can unplug completely. Ahh…ok, but now I am back. Today in my reading I got to enjoy this excellent post from author Lisa Earle McLeod on the Keith Ferrazzi blog. In the post, Lisa gives some tips for defusing

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Ask and Listen

How often do you put words in someone else’s mouth? Give them a reason for their actions without asking their real reason? I know I have been guilty of this before. It can be a small matter but it can cause a large amount of conflict if aggravated. In a recent post from Guy Harris,

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How to Solve the Problem of a Horrible Boss

You may have heard about the recent film called “Horrible Bosses” that was released last weekend. In the film, the premise is that a few guys have terrible leaders who take immoral and unethical actions and the only solution that the guys come up with is to kill their leaders. Can this really be the

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Approaching Internal Conflict as a New Leader

One of the hardest roles a leader can undertake is one of coming into a new company as a leader. When cultures and relationships are established, it can be difficult to find the best fit, especially as a leader. Time helps but how many of us have ample time to spend continually working on discovering

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Accountability: A Leader’s Responsibility

Today I want to share a post from a recent blog I found, Voices of Leadership. In their post, Can Leaders Be Human?, the subject of being an accountable leader is discussed. This is especially relevant given recent news stories like this one, about the difficulty that many leaders have in accepting responsibility for their

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