Articles by John Ford
· Workplace Conflict: An Inevitable Fact of Life
· Organizational Conflict Management Check Up
· Process Options for Workplace Conflict Management
· The Training of Conflict Resolution Skills in the Workplace
· Dreams and Conflict: The Dictatorship of the Viewer
· Integrating The Internet Into Conflict Management Systems
· Organizational Conflict Management- What's a System?
· Workplace Conflict: Facts and Figures
· Workplace ADR: Facts and Figures from the Federal Sector
· Measuring Conflict: Both The Hidden Costs and the Benefits of Conflict Management Interventions
· How to be an Effective Advocate for Your Agency During Mediation
· Confidentiality Issues In Workplace Mediation: What Every HR Manager Should Know
· Powerful Non-Defensive Communication
· Dealing with Difficult Behavior
· Cross Cultural Conflict Resolution in Teams
· Emerging Cultural Norms For Electronic Communication
· Seven Golden Rules of Marketing for Mediators
Organizational Conflict Management Check Up
Are you concerned about the health of your organizations conflict management system? This diagnostic questionnaire is easy to complete in less than 10 minutes and provides valuable insight into how your organization is dealing with conflict.
Dreams and Conflict: The Dictatorship of the Viewer
This article shares the title of the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 50th since its inception in 1895. I am not an art critic, but a conflict management consultant. I found the sub-title liberating. If I was the ‘dictator,’ meaning was mine for the making. I was curious to discover how art dealt with the subject of conflict, and what sense I could make of it.
Integrating The Internet Into Conflict Management Systems
The reality is that the use of email and the Internet have created new challenges and opportunities for organizations in their management of organizational conflict. The challenge of integrating the Internet into conflict management systems should not be a defensive response driven by the fear of litigation. Rather, it should aim to maximize all the Internet and email have to offer as new access points, new options, and new support structures for enhancing the satisfaction of employers, employees and the customers they serve.
Organizational Conflict Management- What's a System?
While conflict may be a constant, paradigms to explain conflict in organizations have changed. Systems thinking or chaos theory is the latest paradigm that has been used to understand organizational conflict. The demise of the mechanistic worldview allows us to contemplate how organizations deal with conflict through a fresh set of lenses.
Measuring Conflict: Both The Hidden Costs and the Benefits of Conflict Management Interventions
Providing the executive team with quantitative and qualitative data (as opposed to anecdotes) about the costs of conflict will build the HR manager’s credibility as a business partner as there are significant hidden costs within employee conflicts, costs that an organization incurs long before a lawsuit is filed.
Seven Golden Rules of Marketing for Mediators
Like it or not, effective marketing is crucial to the success of most mediation practices. Whether you are starting a mediation practice or seeking to expand an existing practice, serious thought should be given to how you will establish yourself in the market. So, what are the best marketing strategies? What makes marketing effective? How can mediators use what they already know to be effective in marketing? While there's no one magic answer for everyone, there are proven guideposts that can help you avoid common pitfalls, and maximize the return of your marketing efforts and dollars.
How to be an Effective Advocate for Your Agency During Mediation
This article provides an overview of the mediation process, in particular EEO mediations. We also share a checklist of items to think about that will prepare you for your mediation session – along with some tips that will improve your effectiveness as an advocate for your agency during the actual mediation process.
Process Options for Workplace Conflict Management
A variety of options are available to deal with workplace conflict. It is worth noting that each of the approaches is suitable in circumstances, and that the ideal is a coordinated and supportive array of interest and rights based options for dealing with all types of problems as early as possible.
Powerful Non-Defensive Communication
Most conflict resolution practitioners have had their fair share of communication skills training. Communication after all is at the heart of conflict prevention and resolution. For the most part, communication skills training focuses on active listening skills and the delivery of "I" rather than "You" statements. What is 'powerful non-defensive communication, and what does it have to say that hasn't been said already?
Dealing with Difficult Behavior
Conflict is inevitable in the workplace. However, that does not mean that we cannot work to prevent unproductive behavior that leads to conflict. 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.
Cross Cultural Conflict Resolution in Teams
The use of teams represents an important change in the way we work. The theory is that through the interdependency of the parts greater productivity is achieved by the whole. Experience has been less kind. One reason that teams fail to meet performance expectations is their paralysis through unresolved conflict. This article focuses on the impact of culture on the prevention and resolution of conflict in teams.
Confidentiality Issues In Workplace Mediation: What Every HR Manager Should Know
Increasingly organizations are making use of mediation to resolve disputes between employees. Whether mediation is offered by an internal peer mediator or an external mediator, the extent to which communications made during the mediation will be restricted from further dissemination is always at issue.
The Training of Conflict Resolution Skills in the Workplace
An ideal approach to conflict management in the workplace is an integrated one. Very few, if any, organizations can boast of this achievement. Rather, integration represents a vision for the future. That said, there are many options for organizations both small and large who are traveling in this direction. Forum Discussion
Emerging Cultural Norms For Electronic Communication
While electronic communication can be inclusive and foster dialogue, the question of when and how to involve others or to get involved is challenging. And because these are early days of electronic communication, cultural norms about acceptable behavior have yet to fully develop.
Workplace Conflict: An Inevitable Fact of Life
Conflict is an inevitable fact of any organizations life. Organizations that accept this truism, do so for many different reasons, and those that do, are able to access the beneficial potential of conflict.
Workplace ADR: Facts and Figures from the Federal Sector
A number of recent initiatives by Congress and the Government have encouraged the use of alternative methods of workplace dispute resolution throughout the Executive Branch. These facts and figures from a few of the Federal ADR programs were obtained from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Resource Guide.
Workplace Conflict: Facts and FiguresIt is estimated that 30% of a managers time is spent dealing with conflict, and that Fortune 500 company executives are involved in litigation related activity 20% of their time. Increasingly companies are turning to mediation and other ADR techniques to resolve workplace conflict.