Violence and Nonviolence are a Choice

Violence is a Choice I was recently reminded of the idea that the commitment of any violent act is a choice. My years studying conflict resolution have led me to thinking that violence is a failure of the conflict resolution process. However, people can always choose to resort to violence,

Conflict Resolution and Non-Violent Communication Practices

Today I participated in a Zoom forum, Insurrection: The Critical Reflection Forums presented by the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts of Old Dominion University. I observed the second part of the series, which focused on nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. The forum was hosted by Avi Santo, Ph.D. and the presenters

Articulate and Protect Your Interests

When asked what I do I often respond that I help people articulate and protect their interests. Most of the time the response I get is a puzzled look. I suppose it might be easier to say that I help people deal with conflict. However, that is not always true.


In this episode I will be talking about Chapter 5 of The Art of War: Energy.

Tactical Disposition

In this episode I will be talking about Chapter 4 of The Art of War: Tactical Disposition.

Attack by Stratagem

In this episode I will be talking about Chapter 3 of The Art of War: Attack by Stratagem.

Waging War

In this episode we discuss chapter 2 of The Art of War: Waging War.

Laying Plans

In this episode I discuss the first chapter of The Art of War, make some comparisons to von Clausewitz’s fascinating trinity, and tell you what is said without being said.

Heads Will Roll: Preface to The Art of War

In this episode I discuss the story of Sun Tzu training concubines to be a fighting force for the King of Wu and how it illustrates the power of sanctions to induce changes in the behavior of groups.

Taking a week off

Just wanted to tell everyone that I am taking a break this week and will be back next week with the first of several episodes on The Art of War. Thank you.

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