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  • by John Ford - March 17, 2008
    Conflict is inevitable in the workplace. However, that does not mean that we cannot work to prevent unproductive behavior that leads to conflict. Difficult behavior is a good example of an area where a difference can be made. Although it is easy to label people as difficult, the real focus should always be on the actual behavior. Dealing effectively with difficult behavior is a skill that can nip conflict in the bud. Diffi...
  • by John Ford - March 17, 2008
    Having the skill and knowledge (ability) to deal with conflict productively goes a long way toward conflict management competency. But what about our attitude toward conflict? Does it matter that we view conflict as an unwelcome intruder in our lives? Something that is best avoided? And when it does intrude and we can’t avoid, that fight is the best form of defense? When we say that attitude is everything, we acknowledge t...
  • by John Ford - October 12, 2007
    The Internet and email have changed the environment in which organizations operate. Email allows messages to be sent with ease and speed. The Internet gives unprecedented access to a wide array of information. This changing technological landscape has not only impacted employees, but also the customers, vendors, shareholders and bureaucrats with whom they interact. While email and the Internet may have increased organizational...