Conflict Resolution

Torn Between Loyalty and Future Growth

A few years ago I got a call from a close friend who had an issue he wanted to discuss. Steve had recently taken over his family business and was carrying around a big weight. On the day we met, Steve confessed, “Loida, I don’t know what to do. Joe has worked for our family for over 30 years, and he isn’t supporting the new business growth plan I’m trying to put in place.  He feels that the way things have been done for thirty years is just fine. Honestly, I’m afraid. Joe has so much tribal knowledge in running this business.  What will happen if he’s not around? How will I know where the pitfalls are?  What will the staff think of me if I let him go after […]

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Conflict Resolution – Are All Involved Created Equal?

Last week was the anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The words of wisdom spoken 152 years ago, specifically our ‘new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,’ certainly should have us thinking as business leaders. Although the divergence we experience within our organizations pales to the struggle for equality and a nation in conflict that President Lincoln encountered, we can apply the lessons learned. How do we bring together ‘a team of rivals’ as portrayed in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln within our organizations?

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