Introduction to 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.

Good Conflict

In this episode I will discuss good conflict and why it doesn’t happen as often as some people think it should.

The Battle of the Back Yard

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

Conflict De-Escalation

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

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

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

Negotiation

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;

Conflict Management and Resolution

In this episode we will explore the resolution and management of conflict. Conflict resolution is the process of finding a solution to a disagreement that has escalated into conflict. Conflict management is the process of minimizing the losses of time, energy, and resources associated with conflict. To deal with conflict

Conflict Models

In this episode we will explore three conflict models. Conflict models are useful for analyzing conflict and strategizing your way through it. The models we will be taking a look at are the Drama Triangle, the Dual Concern Model, and the Six Style Topology.

Tools for Managing Conflict

In this episode I will introduce two tools that you can use to effectively manage conflict. They are self-awareness and active listening. These tools are useful in all aspects of life, but since our goal is to evolve control over conflict, we will maintain our focus on their utility for

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