leadership

6 Signs of Servant Leadership

Many of the leaders I work with, especially those in churches and other faith-oriented organizations, consider themselves to be Servant Leaders.  They use the term for several reasons, but the main ones I encounter are because it is compatible with Christian lexicon (it sounds good) and/or because they believe they are serving God and/or people…

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3 Major Reasons You May Not Want to Fire an Angry Employee

“Anger is one letter short of danger.” Eleanor Roosevelt Anger left unchecked in the workplace can be dangerous on many levels.  An angry employee may cause conflict among co-workers, offend clients, undermine organizational goals, taint organization culture, or become a physical danger.  Anger in the workplace should not be ignored; it needs to be taken…

power poisoning

3 Signs You Have Power Poisoning

People, regardless of their personality, can let power go to their head.  They can let it affect how they view situations; how they act, react, and how they treat others.  Sometimes, not for the better.  Often, in ways that surprise them. “The measure of a man is what he does with power.”       Plato Most people, when…

intentionality

4 Major Benefits of Mediation to Resolve a Conflict

When it comes to resolving a conflict, you have options.  If you are considering filing a lawsuit or going to arbitration, you may want to first consider some specific benefits of mediation. Often arbitration and mediation are lumped together, because people assume that they are essentially the same experience.  In fact, mediation is a unique…

Confidential mediation

What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation; What Confidentiality Really Means

Can you keep a secret?  I can.  As a professional mediator it is my job to honor the confidentiality of the mediation process.  It is a responsibility I take very seriously.  Confidentiality is one of the major benefits of resolving a conflict through mediation. In the state of California, mediation is by law a confidential…

conflict

5 Signs You Need a Moderator

Sometimes you can tell there is a danger that a situation is likely to explode.  That’s when it’s time to consider some professional help to diffuse it. Moderation is a preemptive form of mediation.  It is scheduled and conducted before a specific conflict has broken out in an organization or group, but when conflicts are…

Timing for resolution

Too Soon? Too Late? When is the right time to resolve a conflict?

Timing can be critical in the success of a conflict resolution attempt.  But it can be tricky to know when the right time is. When I was a newlywed my mother-in-law wrote down a collection of her recipes that she knew my husband loved.  It was her thoughtful way of passing along family traditions. The…