Don’t be afraid of anger – angry people can’t lie.

Don’t be afraid of anger – angry people can’t lie. The first step to resolve any conflict is to defuse anger.  But do not be afraid of anger.  An angry person can’t lie because anger is a primitive emotional response.  To lie, you must control your emotions and turn on your intellect.  So when someone… Continue reading Don’t be afraid of anger – angry people can’t lie.

The ingredients of any conflict.

The ingredients of any conflict All conflicts have similar ingredients.  They may vary in amount but most are present in some way.   Needs – Needs are physical requirements essential to our well-being. Conflicts arise when we ignore others’ needs, our own needs or the group’s needs. It is important to not to confuse needs with… Continue reading The ingredients of any conflict.

What really motivates humans?

What really motivates humans? Before we get can resolve conflicts, we need to understand what is really going on.   My colleague, James Cawood teaches and consults in major hostage situations.  He teaches that there are only two basic human motivations:   •        Seek Stimulation •        Establish (or Re-establish) Perception of Control It is somewhat hard… Continue reading What really motivates humans?

What is Conflict?

What is Conflict? Conflict occurs when people disagree and seem unable to find a solution or a reasonable compromise.  The roots of these disagreements can arise from many sources including differences in personality, values, and perceptions.  As a team leader, you will occasionally need to handle the differences that arise between members of your team.… Continue reading What is Conflict?

A working definition of a Conflict.

A working definition of a Conflict. What is a working definition of a Conflict. Conflicts can occur when people disagree with each other and are unable to find a reasonable compromise.  The roots of these disagreements can arise from many sources including differences in personality, values and perceptions.  They also can and often do arise… Continue reading A working definition of a Conflict.

Teaching youth how to resolve conflicts.

Teaching youth how to resolve conflicts. I’m privileged to be an adult staff member for a National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course.  It is a very satisfying experience and a lot of fun.  One key topic on the course is how to resolve conflicts as a leader.  This blog is adapted from this course. Leading… Continue reading Teaching youth how to resolve conflicts.

Hunger Trials: They’re No Longer Games

Hunger Trials: They’re No Longer Games It seems that attorneys can never turn the legal mind off even while watching a teenage move such as the Hunger Games.   Last week my American Inn of Court group used the Hunger Games as the basis for our continuing legal education presentation to the Inn.  We called it… Continue reading Hunger Trials: They’re No Longer Games

Taming Your Bear of a Case: ADR Solutions For Complex Cases From Contract to Final Resolution

Taming Your Bear of a Case: ADR Solutions For Complex Cases From Contract to Final Resolution Taming Your Bear of a Case: ADR Solutions For Complex Cases From Contract to Final Resolution. This is the title of the program we will be presenting November 16, 2012 at the 2012 MCLE Spectacular by on by the… Continue reading Taming Your Bear of a Case: ADR Solutions For Complex Cases From Contract to Final Resolution

A Recommendation from a McGeorge Law Student

A Recommendation from a McGeorge Law Student A Recommendation from a McGeorge Law Student is one of the privileges of teaching is getting feedback from my students’ years after I taught them. Ken was an extremely helpful professor. He cared greatly for his students and was always willing to provide personal assistance to each and… Continue reading A Recommendation from a McGeorge Law Student

A Recommendation from Australia

A Recommendation from Australia A Recommendation from Australia is one of the privileges of teaching is getting feedback from my students’ years after I taught them. It gives me great pleasure to recommend Ken to a prospective employer for his experience and knowledge in law and for having great talent as an efficient and well-rounded… Continue reading A Recommendation from Australia