Category Archives: Problem Solving

Did You Know: You Can Point Out a Problem Even If You Do Not Have a Solution

We hear it all the time, whether it is from someone with whom we work or from others. Someone says “Don’t come to me with a problem unless you have a solution.” This is a terrible idea. It is possible … Continue reading

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Do You Know: How Many People Should Be on a Committee?

This week we trained a labor-management committee that recently had been reformed. Changes in the leadership of both sides lead the group to seek assistance in getting off to a good start. A frequently asked question came up during the … Continue reading

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Don’t Jump to Quick Answers When Solving Problems

When a group or an individual is presented a problem to be solved, the first thing they normally do is quickly come up with a solution. This may be the worst thing they can do. It is basic human nature … Continue reading

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Did You Know – Preparation is the Key to Effective Problem Solving?

As we work with groups trying to solve problems, there is a vital factor that is critical to their success: Preparation. Individuals and teams that are adequately prepared to solve a problem will find it easier to accomplish the task … Continue reading

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2018 – Trends Impacting Labor, Management, and the Workplace in 2018 – Part One

Every year, one of the most read posts on our blog predicts trends in Labor-Management relations and collective bargaining. A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed on our ideas for 2017. This week, we will begin to look at the … 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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Some Insights on Current Trends in Labor-Management Relations

Last week I heard a speaker discussing how the labor-management environment has changed over the last few years, and would like to share a couple of his points with you. Mike Duco, Labor Relations Manager for the City of Columbus … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Trends in Labor-Management Relations, 2017 – Part One

The most popular post on our blog in 2016 dealt with trends in Labor-Management relations and collective bargaining. Since its publication in March 2004 it has been one of the most often read articles every year. It is time to … 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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