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Conflict Management at the Office

Posted by & filed under Conflict Management.

Are you too eager to please? A desire to get along with others may be preventing you from addressing conflict in your workplace – and preventing you from advancing, writes Joann S. Lublin in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

Increasingly, employers are hiring and promoting leaders who are skilled at coping with conflict rather than avoiding it, according to Judith Glaser, the author of the new book Conversational Intelligence.

In an attempt to combat a culture of “artificial harmony,” for example, Southwest Airlines is now actively seeking to promote middle managers to executive positions based in part on their ability to bring conflict to the surface and work through it openly.

South Africa’s “Negotiated Revolution” and Mandela’s Legacy: A Conversation with Roelf Meyer and Tim Phillips

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Rm and Phillips

The Program on Negotiation is pleased to present:

South Africa’s “Negotiated Revolution” and Mandela’s Legacy:
A Conversation with Roelf Meyer and Tim Phillips

Roelf Meyer
Former Chief Negotiator for President DeKlerk in the talks to end Apartheid
Former Minister of Constitutional Affairs and Former Minister of Defense, South Africa

Tim Phillips
Co-Founder of Beyond Conflict (formerly the Project on Justice in Times

International Negotiations: A Game of Chess…or Marbles?

Posted by & filed under International Negotiation.

Many observers view Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to send Russian troops into Crimea in the wake of violence between protesters and police in Kiev and Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich’s abrupt departure as the first gambit in a carefully reasoned strategy.

“Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close,” said Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in criticism of President Barack Obama and his administration. Arguing that Putin’s advance into Ukraine is part of a plan to strengthen Russia’s “buffer zones,” Rogers accused the Obama administration for making too many concessions to Russia and failing to respond decisively to the crisis.

The Abraham Path Named National Geographic Traveller’s Best New Walking Trail

Posted by & filed under Conflict Resolution.

National Geographic Traveller’s Ben Lerwill recently compiled a list of the best new walking trails from around the world, and the Program on Negotiation’s Abraham Path took the number 1 spot on his list of 10.

The Abraham Path is a long-distance walking trail that follows the path of the patriarch Abraham from Sanliurfa in southeastern Turkey through the countries of Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

Founded by Program on Negotiation co-founder William Ury, the Abraham Path is the result of complex long-term negotiations with various nations and groups along the route in order to establish a safe, continuous path for hikers. The project’s success may have an impact in helping foster regional economic development, engagement, and peace-building efforts. The Program on Negotiation is the intellectual and academic home of the Abraham Path.

Umbrella Agreements, Consensus Building in the Arctic, and Negotiation in Social Enterprises: New Research from PON Fellows and Scholars

Posted by & filed under Daily, Events, PON Graduate Research Fellowships, Students.

Every year the Program on Negotiation sponsors fellows and visiting scholars while they research and write about topics important to the fields of negotiation and mediation. This lunch provides an opportunity for this year’s two Graduate Research Fellows, Alexandros Sarris and Sarah Woodside, and Visiting Scholar Stefanos Mouzas to share their findings with the negotiation community. Join us for a fascinating hour of informal lecture and discussion.

Negotiation Skills: Giving Feedback. Who Needs It? It Might Be You

Posted by & filed under Negotiation Skills.

A Q&A with Sheila Heen, co-author (with Douglas Stone) of the new book, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.

We recently interviewed Sheila Heen, lecturer at Harvard Law School, PON Faculty member, and Partner at Triad Consulting Group, about her new book with Douglas Stone, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood). Heen and Stone are co-authors, along with Bruce Patton, of the New York Times Business Bestseller Difficult Conversations. They have teamed up again to share their insights about what helps people learn and what gets in their way.

While the business world spends billions of dollars and millions of hours each year teaching us how to give feedback, Stone and Heen argue that we’ve got it backwards. Their new book demonstrates why the smart money is on educating receivers— both in the workplace and in personal relationships.

Book Talk: “Innovations in Refugee Protection: A Compendium of UNHCR’s 60 Years”

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The Program on Negotiation is pleased to co-sponsor:

Innovations in Refugee Protection: A Compendium of UNHCR’s 60 Years

A book talk with with Luise Drake,
Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative,
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School
the book talk will be followed by a panel discussion with

Lily Axelrod, 2L and Clinical Student, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, Harvard Law

With “Surrender,” John Boehner Shows Keen Negotiation Skills

Posted by & filed under Negotiation Skills.

On February 11, House of Representatives Speaker John A. Boehner reportedly rendered his Republican colleagues speechless. At a meeting of the Republican Capitol Hill Club, Boehner announced that he would bring to a vote a measure to raise the U.S. government’s borrowing limit without preconditions until March 2015, as reported in the New York Times.

The move was widely viewed as a surrender and a violation of the speaker’s own “Boehner Rule,” which requires that any increase in the debt ceiling be matched by equal spending cuts or changes to the budget. By holding the vote, Boehner ended a series of budget showdowns held over the past three years, each of which shook global confidence in the U.S. economy.

Afghanistan 2014: The Way Forward

Posted by & filed under Events, The Kelman Seminar.

Katherine Hunter

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution is pleased to present:

Afghanistan 2014: The Way Forward

Katherine Hunter
Weatherhead Center Fellow
Former Senior Deputy Country Representative, Asia Foundation in Afghanistan

Sangar Rahimi
Afghan journalist for the New York Times
2014 Nieman Fellow
Monday, March 3
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Room K-354, CGIS Knafel Building
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA