Category Archives: Facilitation

Addressing Conflict in Labor-Management and Other Settings – Part Two

In my last blog, I wrote about conflict. Some people fear conflict, believing it can destroy relationships. Others encourage it, and some go out of their way to foment it. Neither of these behaviors are healthy. We must recognize disagreements … Continue reading

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Ways to Address Conflict in Labor-Management and Other Settings – Part One

Conflict. It seems to be an inherent part of any process. If we ignore it or fail to deal with it effectively, it can destroy the process and leave more problems for the future. The key factor with conflict is … Continue reading

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Communications Begins with Effective Listening

It seems like when we first meet with labor-management groups they have complaints about communications in their organizations. We see issues with the ability of both labor and management to effectively communicate with each other. There are numerous causes for … Continue reading

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An Upcoming Issue Facing Labor, Management and the Community – Driverless Vehicles

This week, we attended a hearing conducted by the Transportation and Public Safety Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives. The session dealt with the advantages and disadvantages of driverless technology, and showed an upcoming issue between transport drivers and … Continue reading

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Do You Know: The Importance of Active Listening

As teams work together, one of the most important skills for members is listening. Too often, this is a very underutilized tool. I had a colleague who described listening as the time you spend trying to figure out what you … Continue reading

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Do You Know: How to Deal with Conflict in a Meeting?

We have written a number of articles about the interest based-problem solving process and why we believe it helps groups resolve difficult problems while reducing the likelihood of disputes. However, sometimes issues and individuals can lead to conflict in a … Continue reading

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Do You Know: Why Is It Difficult to Facilitate Your Own Team?

Last time, I mentioned the old saying, “If you want to kill an idea, send it to a committee.” This reflects the struggles committees often experience trying to accomplish a task. Members may want to be successful in their efforts, … Continue reading

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What is Worse Than Information Overload?

At times we all feel we are in information overload. There are so many facts and details we need to consider when making decisions it can seem overwhelming. This week I found a magazine article dealing with this problem. Written … Continue reading

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Do You Know: What Does It Take to Be a Leader in Today’s Organizations?

One of the common themes in out blog has been the importance of employee engagement and building a cooperative relationship between management and employees. While organizations that have worked toward these goals have realized the benefits, many managers are threatened … Continue reading

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Did You Know: How To Arrive at Consensus in a One-Hour Meeting

As we continue to examine how to work with one-hour meetings, today we will consider how to efficiently come to consensus from items from a brainstormed list. Perhaps your team has brainstormed a list of possible problems they could tackle. … Continue reading

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