11 August 2022
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Chances are you know me as author of the Style Matters conflict style inventory.  You may not know that I’ve spent 40+ years in peacebuilding, often in very challenging circumstances.   That includes living with my family in conflict zones on four co...
29 July 2022
Conflict Styles Tips
Conflict resolution
Perfect Downloads for Summer Reading There are some high quality, no-strings resources on conflict out there  for free right now!   If you're looking for summer reading, here's two good options. High Conflict by Amanda Ripley Since publication last y...
14 June 2022
Conflict Style Training
Conflict Styles Tips
  An easy way to expand your conflict resolution ability is to begin using the two step discussion process. This is so simple that you might say, "Isn't it obvious?"  Well, no.  It certainly wasn't to me for many years.  So here's a personal story th...
23 May 2022
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Conflict Styles Tips
Conflict resolution
  Don't you love it when somebody readily agrees to do things your way?  Negotiating can be tiring.  It's a gift when someone just smiles and - no persuasion needed - says "OK, I can go with that!"    Fourth of a series on five conflict styles, ...
11 April 2022
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Part One in a three-part series applying insights from conflict styles to parent-child relationships.  By Laura Bowles, coach and mediator, Style Matters trainer, and founder of The New Normal, LLC.  Being a parent changes many things!  For me,  my c...
30 December 2021
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Conflict Style Training
Transform the Healer
Conflict resolution
The passing this week of Archbishop Desmond Tutu brings a flood of memories of an amazing man and a remarkable chapter in history.  I was in South Africa from 1989 to 1995 and witnessed him in action on many occasions.    For anyone committed to lead...