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

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 3

We've made it!  This is the last in a series of posts about conflicts among volunteers.  I'm excited to get this post published before the start of DOVIA Colorado's Conference on Volunteerism tomorrow.  In the previous posts we've looked at common sources of conflict for volunteers who are Helpers for a Day, Sustaining Supporters, (Part … Continue reading Conflict in Volunteerism: Part 3

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

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