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Most Work Conflicts Aren't Due to Personality

Most Work Conflicts Aren't Due to Personality | Ancient Wisdom | Scoop.it
Where you stand depends on where you sit.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 20, 2014 12:16 PM

"The real reasons for conflict are a lot harder to raise — and resolve — because they are likely to be complex, nuanced, and politically sensitive. For example, people’s interests may truly be opposed; roles and levels of authority may not be correctly defined or delineated; there may be real incentives to compete rather than to collaborate; and there may be little to no accountability or transparency about what people do or say."

A situational aspect to conflicts is very much needed; but the effects of individuals involved is not necessarily spurious: knowing where they are coming from can help mitigate/ manage conflict.

John Michel's curator insight, May 21, 2014 11:27 AM

As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.

Nikki Streatfield's curator insight, May 22, 2014 9:31 AM

Often conflict at work is far more complex than mere personality dynamics

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Why Optimism Makes us Superhuman (Well, almost…)

Why Optimism Makes us Superhuman (Well, almost…) | Ancient Wisdom | Scoop.it

Remove your shin guards and knee pads! Being an optimist is the key to invincibility. Well, almost.

Despite our best efforts to improve our health through sports and exercise, we’re at a constant risk of injury. But what if injury could be controlled by personality traits? Let’s dive into the health benefits of optimism.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 24, 2014 3:03 AM
The many benefits of optimism......prevent and heal injuries by having a positive mindset.
David Hain's curator insight, May 24, 2014 4:11 AM

Reasons to be cheerful?

Nikki Streatfield's curator insight, May 26, 2014 7:30 AM

Optimism has real power

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Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice - Forbes

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Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice
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There was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu.

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Metta Solutions's curator insight, May 26, 2014 6:54 AM

Sun Tzu has a timeless perspective - and it's not all about military metaphors.  Check out this great synopsis!

Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:47 AM

Love this!!!

 

PS - Live on Purpose!

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, June 27, 2014 10:30 AM

One of my all time heroes in leadership...

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Most Work Conflicts Aren't Due to Personality

Most Work Conflicts Aren't Due to Personality | Ancient Wisdom | Scoop.it
Where you stand depends on where you sit.

Via Sandeep Gautam, Bobby Dillard, John Michel
180's insight:

Solving the toughest variable:

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 20, 2014 12:16 PM

"The real reasons for conflict are a lot harder to raise — and resolve — because they are likely to be complex, nuanced, and politically sensitive. For example, people’s interests may truly be opposed; roles and levels of authority may not be correctly defined or delineated; there may be real incentives to compete rather than to collaborate; and there may be little to no accountability or transparency about what people do or say."

A situational aspect to conflicts is very much needed; but the effects of individuals involved is not necessarily spurious: knowing where they are coming from can help mitigate/ manage conflict.

John Michel's curator insight, May 21, 2014 11:27 AM

As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.

Nikki Streatfield's curator insight, May 22, 2014 9:31 AM

Often conflict at work is far more complex than mere personality dynamics

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Return on Optimism: Business as an act of positive thinking

Return on Optimism: Business as an act of positive thinking | Ancient Wisdom | Scoop.it

Many of us give up every day when we focus on the barriers instead of looking at what we can accomplish. For much of my life, I’ve been quite good at seeing these barriers.

I’ve focused on the information I still need rather than what can be accomplished with the information I have.I’ve bemoaned the limitations of an aggressive timeline instead of seeing it as an opportunity to do something positive more quickly.

In short, I’ve been a pessimist. My outlook has kept me from fully investing myself into my work. Over the last few years I’ve worked to change that, to value forward progress far more than perfection and to see ambiguity as an opportunity for more creativity. Change isn’t easy, but I am starting.

I’ve had the privilege to work with a team at Xerox over the last few months on a marketing program that has included a look at the benefits of optimism in business. What I’ve learned has been changing my perspective for the better.

I’ve included quotes below from two of the experts we worked with on this project. Perspective from them and others is available as part of Xerox’s Return on Optimism site.

 


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David Hain's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:31 AM

True innovation requires doing something in a way that has never been done before - here's a great example.

John Michel's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:13 AM

Business is, by its very nature, uncertain. You cannot embrace it and fully invest yourself into it if you expect a negative outcome!

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The Untouchable Asset That Everybody Strives For

The Untouchable Asset That Everybody Strives For | Ancient Wisdom | Scoop.it
It takes a certain something to run a business where making money is your top priority.

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