Posts by Bonnie Artman Fox

The Antidote To Transforming Your Conflict Management Pattern

The last several blogs have addressed various conflict management patterns that show up in business relationships and the workplace. These are patterns learned in childhood that are learned by age six or seven to cope when things got tense. You may identify with a couple patterns and based on the circumstances use each one at…

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5 Signs You Are A Controller

 “It’s very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It’s easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.” – Fred Rogers The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to…

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Deadlines, pressure, and stress

Deadlines.  We all have them.  Whether it is a report that needs to be written or a performance eval that needs to be given, deadlines can spur productivity except when they have the opposite effect of procrastinating. Procrasting is usually driven by an underlying fear of some kind such as fear that you’ll run out of…

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3 Strategies for Standing Up to the Office Bully

Three Strategies for standing up to the office bully

  “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” ~ Lao-tzu Most people either endure working with a bully or leave their job, even if they love what they do. After all, it’s risky to stand up to a bully due to the possibility of retaliation and…

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Release Family Baggage: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Release the family baggage

This month’s story around how family upbringing affects leadership and conflict management explores how Ryan found the gifts of resilience, empathy, and improvisation and uses them to his – and others’ – advantage. He leverages his history to create productive conflict strategies. Ryan tells the story of his upbringing below and then we examine a…

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Leverage your Family Role for Career Success

Leverage your family role

We continue our series of leadership stories, exploring the impact of family dynamics on conflict management styles. Today, we hear from Lee, a team leader who leverages experience from her upbringing to benefit her team by minimizing workplace tension. Have you ever felt like you’re in the same role at work that you were in…

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During Conflict, Do you Give Away Your Power?

Jeremiah could feel the stress building. For months I’d been listening to my boss’s ranting about some production issue that hadn’t gone as planned. I felt responsible as a leader and was genuinely trying to do a good job. I wanted to defend myself and explain my attempt to solve the problem. Suddenly, I realized…

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