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Paths Through Conflict

Of all the skills and behaviors essential for effective performance, the one that scares the most people into inaction and disengagement is conflict. To increase the ability for and the liklihood that our clients will take on this critical topic, OKA has developed a number of different approaches to conflict.

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6-Pack of Safety

OKA has worked for years to boost collaboration within teams—teaching leaders and colleagues to co- create and nurture environments that are safe to speak. Being willing to speak up, share ideas, offer suggestions, risk being wrong—these behaviors require collaboration and an atmosphere within which people feel safe and supported.

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360 Tips and Tools

While complicated and time-consumptive, 360s offer powerful insights and perspectives that can be essential to professional growth and leadership development. I want to share two tips and two tools that will help you with your use of 360s.

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360 Feedback: A Powerful Tool You May Want to Avoid

How differently are you perceived from your boss to your direct reports and/or from your colleagues to your family and friends? These insights—rich and powerful—are the gold that 360s offer. It is surprising, therefore, to many of my clients when I suggest that they NOT use a 360.

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Making Better Decisions

More inclusion–more people and more data–leads to richer, better informed decisions and more likely buy-in on the tail-end. However, more inclusion also demands more time and will invite more conflict and a more complex team or group process.

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Trump, Hope and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for grace. I hope we will protest respectfully, and celebrate with sensitivity. Our system needs all of our voices, AND it needs each one of us to listen—to truly try and understand each other’s fears, hopes and motives.

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