Sexual Consent, Serving Tea and Learning Through Metaphor

Sexual consent speaks to how we treat each other. When we choose consent, as our way, we choose constructive, relationship-oriented behaviour. We choose a collaborative way. How do we know if sex is consensual? Using ‘serving tea’ as a metaphor for sexual consent, this 3-minute animation by Blue Seat Studios (building on the work of blogger Rockstar […]

3 Ways a Leader Can Increase Cooperation Between Departments

When it comes to fostering innovation, a survey of 3,600 executives globally put “increase cooperation between departments” at the top of their list. That was one of the research findings, by info tech mega corp, EMC, on the Information Generation. The following chart, summarizes the respondents take on “How to Increase Innovation”, and was part of the […]

Inviting Participation In Your Virtual Meetings

As a facilitator of virtual meetings, are you the hub of all communications or do you empower participants to interact among themselves? Virtual participation, interactivity, isn’t just a ‘nice to have’.  As with in-person meetings, two-way conversations, facilitator-participants, and participants-participants, are a key determinant of group success. Knowing how to keep meetings participatory in the […]

A Basic 3-Step Model to Help You Resolve a Business Dispute

“This is taking up way more time than its worth”. Those are words I often hear from people weighed down by a business dispute. As a mediator of business disputes (and other non-criminal civil disputes), here is a basic 3-step framework model that I commonly use to help people move from dispute to resolution. You […]

How I Flip a Training Workshop

“Flipped” learning is based on the premise that group time should focus on group interactions, and that content that you can learn on your own should be kept there; i.e., on your time. Most people are familiar with the flipped classroom model. Workshops, and certainly meetings, can be well served by taking a ‘flipped’ approach. […]

Respectful Workplace and Construction Companies

Employee: “What do you mean I can’t tell him to fuck off?” Boss: “No, you can’t. Our new Respectful Workplace Policy requires that people treat each other civilly and politely. Telling him to f-off won’t cut it anymore.” Established construction companies are in transition. Historically, the construction industry, especially worksite tradespeople and workers, more-or-less accepted […]

Love Your Clients: Give Them What They Want

It’s “love” week. Valentines Day is this Saturday, February 14. Of course, the love we offer this week need not be reserved for our partner-in-life or partner-of-the-moment. Why not extend it to your clients, in the workplace? If I were a syndicated advice columnist, Dr. Love, here is how I would respond to this readers’ […]

The Three Sisters Approach to Managing Conflict in the Organization

We need to learn more of the old ways, and adapt them to today’s situations. Where I live, the oldest ways are of Aboriginal, Indigenous, Native origin. In Master chef and educator Dan Barber’s agitating book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, he pays respect to the Iroquois’ Three Sisters Strategy, a […]

In Which Corner(s) is Your Conflict?

When in conflict, the source of the conflict can be confusing, never mind the way out!  Ken Wilbur’s Integral Vision is a handy, big picture, framework that can be applied to conflict management: Wilbur’s model is not dedicated to conflict. It applies to everything, literally, as I discovered in his A Theory of Everything.  Each […]

Finding the One-In-The-Many in 2015

‘Tis the season for family and friends, reflections on times past, and those still to come. New beginnings. One fond remembrance I have of Christmas past, time spent with my kids when they were small, was searching for Waldo. The Where’s Waldo? books (Where’s Wally? in the UK) placed Waldo in a very crowded scene, of Waldo look-a-likes […]