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    Finding Hidden Love in Conflict

    There is a strange thing causing conflict and stress for couples - frequently. It is hard to describe but I’m going to give it my best shot.It is a pattern I live out with my spouse, Bill. It is a pattern I see frequently in couples I’m coaching.Here’s how it goes.Person A - let’s call her Sam, doesn’t want to be too demanding of her partner.   Read More...

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    What Is Your Conflict Style?

    With my next Couples Workshop coming up at the end of August I thought I’d write a little about one of the topics we cover in that training day.Conflict is inevitable - how we handle it is a choice.True, but most of us have developed patterns from dealing with conflict as early as childhood that we cling to or use instinctively. It takes real work and conscious awareness and choice to learn other ways of handling conflict.Let’s talk about the 5 styles that this particular model highlights. This ...  Read More...

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    5 Key Elements To Resolve Conflict

    You know when you’ve goofed up and all you want to do is get out of the doghouse. What next? The following is a blog post I published this time last year on the topic of conflict resolution, but is definitely worth a re-share!I sure did not grow up watching great conflict resolution.   Read More...

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    Why Paying Attention to the Small Things is Important

    Little things make big changes. In our culture we have so many expressions that represent this principle: "A stitch in time saves nine” ...For many reasons some of us try to minimize or ignore either our own feelings (anger, frustration, sadness, etc.) with our partner or our partner’s feelings.It might show up as a quick “comforting” gesture meant to tell our partner subtly to get over their emotions quickly please.Perhaps it is a habit of just not saying something when our partner has done or ...  Read More...

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    Fast or Slow? Speed & Conflict Resolution

    Fast or Slow?When we think about conflict many things come to mind before speed does.Is there yelling? Am I using “I statements”? Who is being passive-aggressive?   Read More...

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    Strategic Steps To Strengthen Your Relationship

    Strategic Planning, Strategic Thinking, “Blue Sky” thinking, “White Space”, Visioning, Personality Assessments, Goal Setting, Teambuilding, Mission Statements, Big Hairy Audacious Goals, SWOT Analysis, SMART Goals.What do all these things have in common?They are all concepts and activities that we encourage and make use of in the business world.We do all these things to insure the success of our businesses. We do them to help us grow and improve our businesses and our specific departmental goals...  Read More...

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    5 Principles For Making Fights More Productive

    We’ve all done it, pick a fight over nothing. Be it from a lack of sleep, being “hangry” or simply having too much stress can result in us being grumpy.These moments can lead to hurtful and unproductive fights.So, how do we know when it’s time to drop something and when it’s time to start a tough conversation?Here’s an interesting article on what young couples are fighting about, and how important these fights can be: "9 Fights Every 20-Something Couple Has That Actually Prove You're Healthy"&nb...  Read More...

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    Emotional Intelligence for Couples: Part 4 Decision Making

    If you have been following along recently, this is blog 4 of 5 on emotional intelligence for couples. (The model is from https://www.mhs.com/MHS-Talent?prodname=eq2 - Individual assessments and couple work is available if that appeals.) If you are getting the feeling that great, healthy, lasting life partnerships don’t just happen then I have done my job! Today’s sub-section in the broad topic of emotional intelligence is decision-making. This topic likely represents one of...  Read More...

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    7 Life Skills That'll Improve Your Career & Love Life SIMULTANEOUSLY

    7 Life Skills That'll Improve Your Career & Love Life SIMULTANEOUSLY. It's totally doable!For 12 years now I have been coaching business leaders and executives (Capacity Building Coaching) to provide leadership development for companies in the form of certificate programs, seminars, coaching skills training and retreats. Even though I teach at primarily business seminars, I've been told that much of the information I provide not only helps in the executives' careers, but also in their love l...  Read More...

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    5 Critical Elements For Conflict Resolution

    You know when you’ve goofed up and all you want to do is get out of the doghouse. What next?I sure did not grow up watching great conflict resolution. Quite the opposite.   Read More...

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    Helping Each Other Through Stresses

    Often in life the people closest to us know how stressed we are before we do. The ironic part about stress is that often our own reaction to stress causes more stress than the original stressor.There are unlimited ways to react to stress and there are unlimited causes of stress. That being said there are some basic principles that we can get to.Let’s start with some common reactions to being stressed:Withdrawing from other - emotionally, socially, physicallyBecoming hyper-focused and drivenBecom...  Read More...

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