Tag: Mediation

What People Teach Us: Caitlyn Jenner, Her Community, And The Opposing Side

In a recent interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her life, covering topics spanning from her early life, to winning Olympic decathlon gold as Bruce Jenner, up into her revelation of her lifelong identification as female. Jenner also covers these topics and more in her new book.

An interesting part of the conversation took place when it turned to politics.

At the time Jenner revealed her newfound life as a…


How Far Can Your Empathy and Understanding Take You?

Politics aside, what does it take for you to see the other side of an argument?

Hypothetically, if an issue is brought before our group, how do we understand it as it applies to the greater good of a group and how might we try to relate to its cause and mission?

In January 2017, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan was confronted by a Republican attendee at a CNN town hall, where…


Can You Find The Middle Ground Between You and Your Opponent?

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has already gone down as one of the most contentious, divisive, and combative election cycles in United States history.

The term “trickle-down,” aside from being used for economic purposes, could also be used to describe how these antagonistic feelings cascaded from the Presidential campaign down to the Congressional elections, to the state elections, and finally into the general public, impacting the relationships of citizens, friends, and family, alike.

Very rarely were there…


Samantha Bee vs. Glenn Beck: What Does It Take For You To Come Around?

A face-to-face conversation between Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck. Think about that for a minute.

Beyond that, think of them putting aside their stark differences to come together to the same side.

Imagine these two people — a strong liberal and staunch conservative — coming together, joining forces, to confront a common enemy. Check it out here.

How does this happen? What has to happen for these usual staunch opponents to come together for a common cause? What…


The Effectiveness And Honesty Of The Workplace “Just Sayin'”

“Just Sayin’” is a term that’s invaded and taken over conversations as a quick means for the user to note that they are just seemingly pointing something out without wanting to engage in a debate about what’s been pointed out.

Although it’s overused, it serves an interesting purpose in ongoing discourse.  It allows us to point out that something is off, amiss, or even objectionable, but that the main reason that the user is pointing it out is…


Coaching and Mediation Are Cousins Continuously Building Value

On a few occasions I’ve been asked, when friends, colleagues, or other professionals have seen my posts and thereafter read the Services section, how and why CiO’s services include both Leadership Coaching and Mediation. To them, one seemed to be about improving oneself (leadership) while the other had to do with improving the relationship between two parties (mediation). These are fair points considering the traditional idea and perception of each. But there’s more to them than meets…


What People Teach Us: Bernie Sanders – A Sip of Refreshing Leadership In The Lion’s Den

Politics aside, it’s refreshing to hear requests from our politicians that are more the exception than the regular rule and rigmarole.

Too often we have leaders that push their agendas. And they should do so as that’s what they get elected to do. That’s understood.

“Political posturing–it’s a confusing game of Battleship when it should be a strategic conversation of reasonable requests.”

But they approach it from the standpoint of holding firm their position based on what they, their party…


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