The value of conflict

Have you ever found yourself thinking “If they would just listen to me, we could finally make some progress!” You begin to judge others as difficult, maybe even incompetent. You feel self-righteous, misunderstood, unappreciated, frustrated, or worse, ignored. Your motive shifts from wanting to solve the problem, to wanting to prove you are right, and…

Lean leadership

You hear a lot about “eliminating the waste” as Lean practices take hold in departments across King County. It’s exciting to hear employees talk about their work, how their roles interact to create value for their customers, and how they can change processes to increase efficiency. You hear their passion mount as they think through…

Move beyond staying positive

I recently spoke with a man struggling to stay positive within his workplace. Several months earlier he had committed to changing his attitude. He had spent too many years complaining with coworkers and leaving the office at the end of the day emotionally exhausted. He didn’t want to be part of the toxicity that permeates his work group anymore.…

Sculpting our better selves

Michealangelo was known for his ability to see form within a slab of marble. He allowed the form to emerge as he chiseled away the extraneous material. How might we sculpt others—liberate them to emerge as they dream to be? How might we help ourselves and others emerge as our best selves while working together?…

About

Welcome to the King County Conflict Clinic blog. We’re here to help you transform conflict into a productive force for good results. Each week we’ll answer questions about conflict situations, and share  tips and tools to help you gain insight and take action. This conflict resource is brought to you by the King County Office…