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.
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.
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.
In this episode I will talk briefly about various translations of the Art of War in preparation for a discussion of the book that will take place over the next several episodes.
In this episode I will discuss good conflict and why it doesn’t happen as often as some people think it should.
In this episode we will have a little fun with the skills and knowledge we have been working on for the last nine episodes. I will tell the story of my battle with my dogs for control of the back yard and how conflict resolution skills are used to analyze the conflict and plan your way through it.
Simply put, de-escalation is the process of calming and reassuring an agitated person. This allows them to disengage from their perceived conflict in a positive and, most importantly, nonviolent manner.
Mediation is the process of using a trained third party neutral to moderate a dispute or conflict. More practically, a mediator helps to keep the parties focused on resolving the dispute. Today we will be discussing some of the benefits and problems of mediation.
Conflict assessment is the process of finding out who is affected by a conflict and how it is affecting them. It includes figuring out who is involved as well as their interests, agendas, and positions. A proper conflict assessment usually takes place within a multi-party conflict; that is, a conflict with numerous, more than 2, participants each having incompatible goals.
In this episode we will talk about negotiation. Negotiation is a widely discussed topic. I did an Amazon search on the word negotiation and found that there were over 20,000 books on the topic. Our purpose here is not to learn what negotiation is, or how to do it well; our purpose here is to think about negotiation in the context of conflict.