Notes from the Desk

Managing Conflict

Conflict is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be a way of life.  This is true in general and it’s true in the workplace. Having procedures in place to minimize and resolve conflict before it affects productivity is essential for successful organizations.

First and foremost, it’s important to recognize that conflict is not inherently bad.  In fact, the discussions that develop from conflicting ideas are often the most productive. Teams that respect and appreciate diversity will harness creative differences and be more productive than those that don’t.  

When conflict does become a workplace issue, either between management and staff or staff to staff, mediation facilitated by a third party neutral can often resolve the issue and restore the relationship as well.  Through the process of mediation, participants learn valuable techniques to resolve future issues independently.

Contact Barahona Consulting and Mediation to explore how we can assist you in this area.  Your first consultation is free of charge.

Kimberly Barahona
Lifelong Learning Series

Never Stop Learning

Is your company doing enough to nurture workplace development?

Did you know emotional and social skills are four times more important than IQ when considering success and prestige in professional settings?✥

The most successful people in the world are lifelong learners. We all understand the importance of staying current in our field - at least when it comes to hard skills. However. many fail to understand the importance of soft skills.

Soft skills include qualities such as leadership, communication, and collaboration. One might say they are the skills you need for effectively dealing with other people.

Barahona Consulting & Mediation offers corporate seminars and business coaching to assist in the development of these essential skills.

With this blog we will explore a variety of soft skills and how our seminars and services nurture them in the workplace.

✥Emotional Intelligence: Why it Matters. Paper by Cary Cherniss, study by Rutgers University, 2005.

Kimberly Barahona