Interest Based Bargaining: Part 3

As we've seen in previous posts, calling something "Interest Based Bargaining" does not necessarily make it effective.  I would argue that some processes parading around as IBB, really shouldn't even have that name.  In fact, I've started calling the processes I use "collaborative problem-solving" to avoid the confusion of IBB all together. Today we'll delve … Continue reading Interest Based Bargaining: Part 3

Interest Based Bargaining: Pat 2

In my last post, I extolled the benefits of interest based approaches to contract negotiations.  Today we'll delve into some of the misconceptions or myths about Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) as well as some of the drawbacks or limitations of this approach. Myth: Interest Based Bargaining is Fluffy, Slow, and Inefficient One of the common … Continue reading Interest Based Bargaining: Pat 2

Interest Based Bargaining: Part 1

This fall I had the opportunity to present at the 30th conference for the Oregon Mediation Association.  In addition to getting to reconnect with friends and colleagues in Oregon and learn together with them, the conference and my workshop gave me a chance to dig into one of my professional passions, interest based bargaining (IBB). … Continue reading Interest Based Bargaining: Part 1

DOVIA Colorado Conference on Volunteerism

What a day!  Today I had the honor of giving a keynote address to attendees at DOVIA's Colorado Conference on Volunteerism.  I was not surprised but SO impressed with the depth of thought and experience that participants brought to our work together.  HUGE thanks to all of the volunteers who organized the conference and to … Continue reading DOVIA Colorado Conference on Volunteerism

Conflict in Volunteerism: Part 2

If you read the post from earlier this week and thought, "Wait, that doesn't fit my experience. What about....?" then this post is for you. On the last post, we explored two types of volunteering, the Helper for a Day and Sustaining Supporter types. Today let's dig into one more, the Would be Staff.  Since … Continue reading Conflict in Volunteerism: Part 2

Conflict in Volunteerism: Part 1

In ten days, I'll be presenting the keynote address The Colorado Conference on Volunteerism hosted by DOVIA Colorado (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies). I'm excited to bring ideas of Conflict Resolution to their work and have been wrestling with what ideas are most critical to share. To help myself focus and prepare for this event, … Continue reading Conflict in Volunteerism: Part 1

Low Fares Bost Scientific Collaboration?

Across fields, the benefits to co-laboring (collaboration) or working together continues to gain momentum.  Given the benefits of having multiple minds working together on difficult problems, more and more attention is getting paid to the conditions that support successful collaboration.  This is as true in K-12 education as it is in top scientific research.  So … Continue reading Low Fares Bost Scientific Collaboration?

Reducing Risk Through Conflict Management

When we think trying to reduce workplace conflict, we typically think about it in terms of reducing stress, improving retention of good employees, and boosting productivity.  In my mind, it's all a part of creating a thriving and supportive workplace culture. An recent blog post on Mediate.com got me thinking about workplace conflict management in … Continue reading Reducing Risk Through Conflict Management

Systems for Success: Salmon Style

Last week my life looked very different than it does this week...and I still found myself thinking hard about conflict, its prevention, and its resolution.  To be clear, I was not practicing any mediation or facilitation.  I was not drinking coffee with potential clients or collaborators.  I wasn't in Colorado, or even in Oregon.  Instead, … Continue reading Systems for Success: Salmon Style

Complexities of Collaboration

Last week Learning Through Difference, LLC and I had cause for big celebration.  A major client had reached a tentative agreement in their big-deal contract negotiation.  I was thrilled with the team and couldn't have been prouder of them for the outcome they reached.  As we entered the last day of our negotiations together, I … Continue reading Complexities of Collaboration