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Stay Balanced

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Stay challenged, stay flexible, but most importantly, stay balanced.

Two Weeks Off

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We must understand that if we achieve excellence today, whatever we achieved is history tomorrow.

Before You Go – Resolving Intractable Conflict

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I hope you enjoyed this series on intractable conflict.

Politics and the Process of Conflict

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Choose carefully what you want to fight over. Pick the battles that are REALLY worth fighting over.

Resolving Technical Issues of Conflict

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There are clear pitfalls that occur, intentionally or not, when conducting negotiations.

Maintaining Objectivity in Conflict

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Success will be measured not in how we deflect it and hold it at bay, but in how we engage it and mold it to benefit the needs of our community.

Labor Day Conflict

I wasn’t going to post today, because I am taking a day off to relax and be thankful for having meaningful work that is compensated by acceptable work conditions, decent pay and benefits.

Your Role in Creating Organizational Trust

It’s very much the story of the little boy crying wolf. When the time comes that we need to have credibility, it is too late. Hopefully the wolf ate the boy first.

An Atmosphere of Trust

People don’t choose the nuclear option against people they like and respect, unless they are sociopaths, of course.

Protecting the Players

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In conflict, there will always be petty tyrants who want to advance their own egotistical agendas, and they will always be able to keep yes-men and weaklings in their employ.

Avoiding the Violence of Dysfunction

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Trollery isn’t limited to nameless, faceless POS who hide behind pseudonyms in internet comments or forums.

Dysfunction Affects Us All

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What do we as the nation’s emergency services perceive our values to be?

The Reality and Complexity of Dysfunction

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Leadership is dangerous and leaders get attacked, not just professionally, but emotionally and yes, physically.

The Toxic Leader

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Since the toxic leader can be found representing Labor as well as Management, it is an important consideration.

Dysfunction and Our Shared Existence

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When we are involved day-to-day in the crisis we may be too close to the problem to be objective.

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