Knowledge Work and Outdated Management Theory

I am a knowledge worker. What I do at work is based on my knowledge of law and regulations and processes for dealing with very specific and ultimately common events. I do not think that what I do is difficult, but it took me many years to get to the

Organizational Kabuki

I am employed by a large government agency and I was recently given the opportunity to participate in what I like to call participation kabuki. Participation kabuki is when an organization desires to make a show of soliciting input from throughout the organization. Typically a committee is formed to organize the

My Thoughts on COVID Vaccination

I have in the past year and a half had to talk with numerous people who are averse to taking the COVID vaccine. During almost every meeting I have been a part of there have been one or more people going on harangues about the COVID vaccine. The typical official

Thoughts about Afghanistan

I never went to war while I was in the army. I was stationed in Korea during the first Gulf war. I cannot say with absolute certainty how the active duty and veterans who served in Afghanistan feel; I believe that I do have an idea about those feelings. The

Weak Points and Strong

In this episode I discuss Chapter 6 of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: Weak Points and Strong.

Path to Victory

Your path to victory …

Strategy is useful to conflict, but not in the way most people think about it. Strategy commonly seems to be thought of as a mapping out of actions that will lead to a particular goal. This can be true, but in the context of conflict you are dealing with other people. People

The Conflict Authority Podcast

This is a short explanation of what I have been doing over my break from podcasting, some thoughts about people’s relation to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, and the sharing of my plans for the near future.

A small post about strategy

I recently had a discussion about strategy with a strategy consultant. I love strategy; I love talking about it, reading about it, and thinking about it. I don’t have many opportunities to discuss strategy directly with others. I therefore found the conversation very enjoyable. I mean something very specific when

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

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