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Conflict Resolution

Remove the "Bad Apple" From The Bushel

 You have likely heard the phrase "One bad apple spoils the whole bunch."  That statement is not only scientifically true, but socially true as well.  A rotten piece of fruit produces a substance called ethylene.  When that rotten apple is in contact with other perfectly fine fruit, it causes the good fruit to ripen too quickly, produce ethylene and begin to rot as well.

This scientific phenomenon with fruit can easily be seen among a group of people such as work teams.

Challenges for Women in the Workplace

Ihave been working with MSBCoach this week as an Executive Coach for the Women's Leadership Program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and it has been a wonderful and eye-opening experience (as it is each year).

Yesterday, we identified some unique challenges that female professionals face in the workplace.  The following is a list of stereotypes and issues that we ladies have had to and must continue to overcome.  Some of the challenges are internal and others are external, necessitating a professional and effective way to deal with the stereotypes, opinions and biases of others.

Resolving Conflict and Maintaining Professionalism

I really dislike conflict.  REALLY.  With such an aversion to it, I often wondered why I became a trial attorney, of all things, in the first place! The answer to my initial career choice came down to a strong desire to help people and to right undeserved wrongs.  So, despite my aversion to conflict, I quickly learned that conflict isn't necessarily bad.  In fact, in many cases it's downright necessary, if not inevitable, in certain instances.

What I discovered was that it's not the conflict itself that is always the problem, but rather the way that conflict is handled that can be particularly unpleasant.

Conflct Resolution: Taking the Bull by the Horns

I like the etymology of words an phrases.  I'll often use a phrase and find myself asking, "Where did that come from?"  It is interesting to note that the the phrase "Take the bull by the horns" probably originated in the American west when hands would take a bull by the horns in order to gain control of that wild, thrashing animal by taking it to the ground.  I think we all can attest to the fact that sometimes we face problems which, like those dangerous, powerful bulls, if not confronted head on and taken to the ground, will cause damage and destruction in great proportions.

What to do When You Can't Keep a Commitment

If it hasn't happened to you will.  There will come a time when, despite your promise to do something, for one reason or another, you will be unable to fulfill your commitment.  

I know because it's happened to me and to so many others.  I have had other people contact me and let me know that they could not do what they had committed to do.  In the past, I have also had to regretfully let people know that I could not do what I committed to do.  It's an awful feeling, regardless of whether the reason is within or without your control.