#39 Dr. Semmelweis: The Power of Political Norms to Tilt the Outcome of Conflict

In the previous post I wrote about Dr. Ignaz Philip Semmelweis (1818 – 1865) a medical doctor who lost two of his residency positions in hospitals for directing his doctors to wash their hands before assisting women in childbirth. Semmelweis formulated the equivalent of a germ theory of disease, from … Continue reading

#38 Dr. Semmelweis And How Being Right Can Cause Conflict

This post and the next are derived from the professional and life circumstance of Dr. Ignaz Philip Semmelweis (1818 – 1865).  Semmelweis’ story illustrates several features of both ideological factors in the development of conflict and the complexity of conflict. By ideology I mean a way of believing that takes … Continue reading

#37 Alternatives To Mediation In The Workplace

In the previous blog I explained how having an alternative to negotiation is empowering. Here I am going to talk about alternatives to mediation. In the case of workplace conflict, I find that helping the parties to explore their alternatives to mediation is an effective preparation for mediation. Frequently the … Continue reading