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EEOC Releases Performance and Accountability Report Under New Strategic Plan

EEOC Releases Performance and Accountability Report Under New Strategic Plan | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finished fiscal year 2012 with record high monetary recoveries for victims of discrimination, as well as a significant decrease in its inventory of pending cases, the agency announced in its...
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A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.
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1. Blind spots

2. Humble pie

3. Don't pull punches with yourself

4. Imagine "what if..."

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Why All Managers Must Be Leaders

Why All Managers Must Be Leaders | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Anyone within an organization has the potential to become a leader, but managers must be leaders. In schools and in our organizations we have been taught and conditioned to believe that managers and leaders are two separate people which is quite a harmful assumption. As a result we have managers [...]

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 29, 4:33 AM

on why being a manager should not be a dirty word and how every manager must also be a leader!

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, April 19, 11:01 AM

I agree!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 24, 11:47 PM

The article echoes Peter Vaills work which suggests a concept called managerleader.

 

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Are Bad Managers Holding Back Your Best Talent?

Are Bad Managers Holding Back Your Best Talent? | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
I am ashamed to admit it, but I followed her advice and, sure enough, the secretary was snatched up by a manager in another division. Evidently this kind of dysfunctional behavior is not uncommon; in Brazil there is even a term for it, “people trafficking.”
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The Leader You Don’t Like Doesn’t Like You Either

The Leader You Don’t Like Doesn’t Like You Either | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it

People don’t leave organizations, they leave people.


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donhornsby's curator insight, April 21, 9:56 AM

This article hits the nail on the head on the main reason people leave organizations or are forced to leave. People don't leave organizations, they leave people.

 

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Choose to care. We like people who care for us. We don’t like people who don’t like us. It’s a choice to seek another’s best interests.Fixate on strengths more than weaknesses. It’s difficult to like someone when all you think about are their weaknesses.
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Becoming Powerful Makes You Less Empathetic

Becoming Powerful Makes You Less Empathetic | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
What can leaders do if they fear that they might be toeing the line where power turns to abuse of power? First, you must invite other people in. You must be willing to risk vulnerability and ask for feedback. A good executive coach can help you return to a state of empathy and value-driven decisions. However, be sure to ask for feedback from a wide variety of people. Dispense with the softball questions (How am I doing?) and ask the tough ones (How does my style and focus affect my employees?).
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Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

there are many times when we should not immediately reply.  And the truth is, we usually know them when they come. That’s what that initial pause is about. The key is to heed it.
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When Cultural Differences Interfere with Your Time

When Cultural Differences Interfere with Your Time | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Demanding cultural compliance — even from subordinates — can sometimes be dangerous because it can breed resentment and anger. To combat this, one of the best strategies for dealing with frustrations about time and other cultural differences, whether you’re in a position of power or not, is to suppress your need for an immediate fix to the problem and instead have patience. Many managers I’ve spoken to work on the relationship first over time. Only once they’ve established a strong working relationship do they start talking about how and why cultural differences are interfering with the work process. In other words, cultural compliance is the ultimate goal, but a strong, trusting relationship is the tool for achieving it.

In the end, cultural differences that interfere with the work you do can be tricky to manage. Smart managers realize this, and work on the relationship first before addressing the underlying cultural issues.
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These 5 Leadership Styles Have Never Worked for Anybody

These 5 Leadership Styles Have Never Worked for Anybody | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Some people are born leaders but most of us have to learn. It's easier if you skip the stuff proven not to work.

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Local sex columnist: 5 reasons marriage just doesn't work anymore

Local sex columnist: 5 reasons marriage just doesn't work anymore | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Our generation isn't equipped to handle marriages — and here's why:
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You'd think we would make things easier for ourselves, but we seem to make things more complicated.

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Edward McDonald's curator insight, April 8, 12:12 PM

An insightful article on millennials and marriage.

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5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job

5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
If you’re paralyzed with indecision, consider this list.
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Why Do We Publicly Shame People Out of Their Jobs?

A new book examines mob behavior in social media.
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The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome

The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
How bosses create their own poor performers.
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The Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement

The Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 2, 6:07 AM

I've always been a fan of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and I really appreciate this "tweaked" model because it maps it very close to the principles of employee engagement. 


On the survival level, I would add "I can't retire" as a common sign of disengagement.  As a supervisor, I do all I can to engage many of these staff as they often provide great context and insight as to what has been done in the past and how efforts can be optimized in order to succeed the next time we try them.  



Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 20, 3:12 AM

Having worked in many engagement programmes over the years, fulfillment and decent treatment are really key for employees to feel motivated and happy at their workplace.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 20, 7:13 PM

Only 15% reach self-actualization. I wonder how many never get beyond security? More importantly, what constrains those people? As well, we should not mistake people who are busy selling themselves and their limited ideas with anything but the security level.

 

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Building trust: It's not a one-and-done deal

Building trust: It's not a one-and-done deal | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
What role does trust play in employee engagement? It’s a fairly large one, according to this Towers Watson research. The study cites leaders’ ability to

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Assessment: Are People Likely to Misunderstand You?

Assessment: Are People Likely to Misunderstand You? | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Answer these questions to see how you compare with others.
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Is Wal-Mart closing stores for 'repairs,' or to punish activist workers?

Is Wal-Mart closing stores for 'repairs,' or to punish activist workers? | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
It's certainly possible that the reason Wal-Mart is temporarily closing five of its stores, including one in Pico Rivera is "ongoing plumbing issues that will require extensive repairs," as it claims.
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How To Be A Collaborative Leader

How To Be A Collaborative Leader | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it

There are seven different, important roles and responsibilities of collaborative leaders when leading teams, and those leaders should select the appropriate style to meet the team's needs.


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Are you a collaborative leader? Here are traits that make an effective collaborative leader. How many do you have in your leadership efforts?

 

(From the article): Within any collaborate workplace, leaders will find themselves fulfilling all seven of these roles at different times, and sometimes fulfilling a combination of the seven styles at the same time, while working with work groups and teams.

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How to Refocus a Meeting After Someone Interrupts

How to Refocus a Meeting After Someone Interrupts | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Whether it’s a team member who disagrees with your approach, an employee from another department who brings up irrelevant information, or a colleague who wants to use your meeting as a soapbox for his own personal agenda, dealing with interrupters during a meeting is challenging. “It’s the workplace equivalent of having someone steal the parking spot you were aiming for or jumping ahead of you in the line at the grocery store,” says Judith White, visiting associate professor at the Tuck School of Business. “When someone interrupts you, blocks you, or otherwise thwarts your intended action, it’s natural to feel upset,” she says. “This is a basic instinct and you will always have a flash of annoyance.” The key to successfully dealing with interrupters is to quash your frustration and instead “operate from a mindset of curiosity,”
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Cultural Meaning in Moving Monuments

Cultural Meaning in Moving Monuments | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it

"Ever since I researched the meanings of monuments in the cultural landscape in Mexico City, I’ve been fascinated by the cultural politics of memory and heritage. The removal of a statue is a cultural 180, acknowledging what was once honored and revered is now something that is not worthy of that distinction. This sort of change is not without protests on both sides and a cultural rearticulation of who 'we' are when 'we' make a public memorial."


Via Seth Dixon
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There's a lesson here in the symbols of conflict resolution....what symbolic monuments do we have to move to solve social conflicts?

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Cecil Rhodes was the namesake for the Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University and the colonial names of Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) and Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia).  He was deeply connected to British colonialism and was one of the most ambitious colonizers that expanded the British Empire.  This week a statue of Cecil Rhodes on the University of Cape Town campus was removed.  See the BBC article, Yahoo News!, and PRI podcastfor more details


Questions to Ponder: Why do you think this monument to Cecil Rhodes was established in 1934?  Why was it removed in 2015?  What does this say about South African politics and culture?  How might we characterize the supporters and opponents of the statue?


Tags: South Africa, Africa, historical, colonialism, political, landscape.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 14, 7:52 PM

I have been to South Africa. The country is very still divided in many ways. My question is do our American students even know the history and geography of Africa? Do they know how the Europeans partitioned the continent ( divvied it up and laid claim to regions ) and that they did this across tribal lands to cause difficulty.

 

I understand the Rhodes scholarship, but it would be good for students and teachers to have ideationa scaffolding to understand the problems of today caused by practices of yesterday.

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6 factors to help determine whether your unpaid internship is legal

6 factors to help determine whether your unpaid internship is legal | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Unpaid internships got a new round of scrutiny in 2013 when a federal district court judge in New York found Fox Searchlight Pictures violated unpaid internship rules by not paying two interns on the set of “Black Swan.” Contrary to popular belief, labeling a “job” an “internship” isn’t enough to make it legal to get unpaid labor.
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How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
People think they either have to be nice in order to spare hard feelings, or overly tough in order to win, he says. But that’s “a false dichotomy and an incredibly dangerous one.” Here’s how to negotiate to produce a lasting relationship and an outcome that works for you.
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Build relationships by getting to know the other side; but

Don't try to buy the relationship;

Think outside the box;

Conjunctive interests over your position;

Ask questions, and summarize back what they said;

This shows that you're taking interest in their interests; 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Build an Organization That’s Less Busy and More Strategic

Build an Organization That’s Less Busy and More Strategic | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
Assume an outsider’s perspective to focus on what makes you competitive.
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A strategic mindset is outside-in. Position yourself across the street, so to speak, and focus your attention on your firm’s competitiveness. Ask yourself questions like: “Why would I want to buy from them?” and “Why would I want to work for them?” When you look at your company this way, the world becomes one of outcomes, not activity — and it becomes much easier to establish a few key performance criteria. Then you can ask yourself “So what?” to set priorities.

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What to Do If You Feel Stuck in the Wrong Career

What to Do If You Feel Stuck in the Wrong Career | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
If you’re midway through your career and feeling stuck, you are not alone. Maybe work doesn’t feel meaningful anymore, or your industry has drastically evolved, or your values and interests have changed. No matter what, your 40-something self is a very different person from the 20-something you were when you started out. The fact that this is such a common experience doesn’t make it any easier to handle when it’s happening to you.
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Why Brainstorming Works Better Online

Why Brainstorming Works Better Online | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Restorative Justice | Scoop.it
One exception is group brainstorming, a technique that is still widely used in organizations despite the lack of evidence that it works and compelling evidence that it actually leads to a productivity loss. The good news is that technology can make brainstorming more effective, by replacing physical and oral sessions with virtual and written ones – a technique also known as brainwriting or electronic brainstorming.
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Because virtual brainstorming....

1. eliminates production blocking (dominant participants talk too much, take over, and eclipse colleagues);

2. enables feelings of anonymity, which reduces evaluation apprehension; and, means that ideas are evaluated more objectively;

3. increases the diversity of ideas (traditional brainstorming leads to regression to the mean because of exposure to others' ideas, but electronic brainstorming insulates participants from others' ideas).

 

Brainwriting keeps the benefits of crowd-sourcing creativity and overcomes those unanticipated problems of group think, self-consciousness, and powerful individuals who co-opt the process (intentionally or otherwise).

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