Daily Archives: February 10, 2014

‘Stop Being So Religious’: Conflict Poem: Hafiz (1325-1389)

Stop Being So Religious What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It … Continue reading

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Mapping Your Interests in Conflict, Collaboration or Internal Dilemmas

A very good friend of mine, I call The Wave Rider, has just asked me how she might map out her Interests in a complex collaboration/conflict situation at work. I thought this was a really good question, and one we … Continue reading

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Thinkers on Conflict: Popper versus Kuhn

Karl Popper (1902-94) and Thomas Kuhn (1922-96) One interesting intellectual tradition that contributes to conflict work is the Philosophy of Science especially as developed by Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn. Popper set some very high standards for scientific rigor. He … Continue reading

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To Give Up On Words: Silence in Apache Culture

Keith Basso wrote an interesting essay ‘To Give Up on Words: Silence in  Apache Culture’ that throws some interesting light on how we might use silence in conflict. Thanks to Matt Benjamin for bringing this article to my attention. The Western … Continue reading

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) Top Ten Conflict Tips

Hobbes is interesting because he was really the first philosopher whose philosophy is informed by the explicit purpose of attaining peace and avoiding war, especially civil war. When he is mistaken, it may even be because he is putting the cause … Continue reading

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Our Top Ten Conflict Tips

While continuing to post on leading thinkers tips for conflict handling, here are our own Top Ten Conflict Tips based on the Conflict Model behind this blog. They can be used to improve the handling of any conflict you face, … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Positional Thinking and Real Interests

There is a famous psychological experiment that is often used on business school students for some reason. It asks them which choice they would make between the following situations after they graduate from business school. Either: A. They can be … Continue reading

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