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Communication, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Coaching, Conferences, Conversation, Complaints, Community, Creativity...And Other Stuff..including many other topics that arise from the world of Mediation and Conflict Resolution Support.

Alan Sharland is Director of CAOS Conflict Management in London, UK. He has been a Mediator since 1994 and now also trains Mediators and Conflict Coaches in skills that help people respond creatively to their unresolved conflicts - in the community, the family, the workplace, with organisations.

CAOS - Promoting Mindful Communication, Growth Through Conflict

CAOS Alan Sharland

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Communication, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Coaching, Conferences, Conversation, Complaints, Community, Creativity...And Other Stuff..including many other topics that arise from the world of Mediation and Conflict Resolution Support.

Alan Sharland is Director of CAOS Conflict Management in London, UK. He has been a Mediator since 1994 and now also trains Mediators and Conflict Coaches in skills that help people respond creatively to their unresolved conflicts - in the community, the family, the workplace, with organisations.

CAOS - Promoting Mindful Communication, Growth Through Conflict

    What IS Effective Active Listening? Effective Active Listening for conflict resolution, mental health challenges and for psychological safety at work.

    What IS Effective Active Listening? Effective Active Listening for conflict resolution, mental health challenges and for psychological safety at work.

    WHAT IS EFFECTIVE ACTIVE LISTENING? 

    How to practise effective active listening. 

    This podcast explores the importance and application of EAL in 3 main areas: 

    1. Effective Active Listening for supporting conflict resolution 

    2. Effective Active Listening for supporting people with mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and other challenges 

    3. The relevance of Effective Active Listening for Psychological Safety at Work - how interactions that support and promote psychological safety at work can include an awareness of what constituted effective active listening.

    The video of this podcast has some visual annotations so if you would like to watch it on youtube this is the link: https://youtu.be/gij5VlRPq80

    Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section.   

    Alan Sharland has been a Mediator and Conflict Coach for over 27 years working in a wide range of dispute situations including neighbour disputes, workplace disputes, complaints (NHS, Special Educational Needs, University Student), group disputes and others. He was Director of a community mediation service in West London for 11 years and now runs CAOS Conflict Management. https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk 

    Connect with Alan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alansharland 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Mediation: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/mediation-training-course.html 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Conflict Coaching: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/conflict-coaching-training.html 

    Check out and like the Communication and Conflict Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communicationandconflict/ 

    Visit the Communication and Conflict website:  https://www.communicationandconflict.com 

    Books and ebooks:  How to Resolve Bullying in the Workplace: Stepping Out of the Circle of Blame to Create an Effective Outcome for All https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Resolve-Bullying-Workplace-Effective/dp/1511941316 

    A Guide To Effective Communication for Conflict Resolution - How Mindful Communication Supports Growth Through Conflict. 

    Purchase the book at this link on amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1790335221 CREDITS 

    Outro Music: All Colours Pt 6 by Bob Holroyd, from album Hollowman: https://music.apple.com/us/album/hollowman/677559200

    • 26 min
    Why Psychological Safety Requires an ‘Adult-Adult’ Approach and not ‘Parent-Child’

    Why Psychological Safety Requires an ‘Adult-Adult’ Approach and not ‘Parent-Child’

    Why psychological safety requires an ‘adult-adult’ approach and not ‘parent-child’.  

    In this video and podcast, Alan discusses the risks to an environment of psychological safety at work when the approach taken is a 'parent-child' one. He outlines features of commentaries that he has come across that can imply people at work start with a 'blank slate', having no real conception or awareness of their own capacity for developing their own psychological safety at work. 

    But people will always bring their own awareness and capacities for this whether they label it as psychological safety or not and so to use an approach that can suggest it has to be 'created for' employees and team members rather than for them to develop and grow it for themselves, together, as peers is akin to a 'parent-child' approach rather than an 'adult-adult' one.   

    Alan looks at two ways in which he has seen this and characterises them as 'the blank slate' idea and the  'It's organic, not linear' critique. 

    This is the link to the video interview referred to at 4:15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O-CbvTfcqk 

    Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section.   

    Alan Sharland has been a Mediator and Conflict Coach for over 27 years working in a wide range of dispute situations including neighbour disputes, workplace disputes, complaints (NHS, Special Educational Needs, University Student), group disputes and others. 

    He was Director of a community mediation service in West London for 11 years and now runs CAOS Conflict Management. https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk 

    Connect with Alan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alansharland 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Mediation: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/mediation-training-course.html 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Conflict Coaching: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/conflict-coaching-training.html 

    Check out and like the Communication and Conflict Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communicationandconflict/ 

    Visit the Communication and Conflict website:  https://www.communicationandconflict.com 

    Books and ebooks:  

    How to Resolve Bullying in the Workplace: Stepping Out of the Circle of Blame to Create an Effective Outcome for All https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Resolve-Bullying-Workplace-Effective/dp/1511941316 

    A Guide To Effective Communication for Conflict Resolution - How Mindful Communication Supports Growth Through Conflict. Purchase the book at this link on amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1790335221 

    CREDITS 

    Outro Music: All Colours Pt 6 by Bob Holroyd, from album Hollowman: https://music.apple.com/us/album/hollowman/677559200

    • 27 min
    Listening Skills to Support People with Mental Health Challenges. Are You Witnessing or Assessing?

    Listening Skills to Support People with Mental Health Challenges. Are You Witnessing or Assessing?

    Listening Skills to Support People with Mental Health Challenges. Are You Witnessing or Assessing?  

    In this video and podcast Alan talks about the distinction between listening to people who feel vulnerable in order to 'witness' their personal difficulties, possibly mental health challenges, and listening in order to 'assess' them for some further action such as signposting, diagnosing or prescribing.   

    Both types of listening are important but it's also important for the person being listened to, to understand which they are to experience. There is sometimes a risk that being listened to in order to be 'assessed' can lead people to feel they are losing control of their situation and they are being 'told' or directed to do something as a consequence of their difficulty, and sensitivity to this possibility is important.   

    Listening as 'witnessing' is providing a respectful 'space' in which they can share their sense of vulnerability or despair or worries without any risk of it being 'taken over' but simply with the intention of giving that person a chance to 'be with themselves' and their difficulties with the support of someone being with them, alongside them but not intervening in any way.  

    Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section.   

    Alan Sharland has been a Mediator and Conflict Coach for over 27 years working in a wide range of dispute situations including neighbour disputes, workplace disputes, complaints (NHS, Special Educational Needs, University Student), group disputes and others. 

    He was Director of a community mediation service in West London for 11 years and now runs CAOS Conflict Management. https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk 

    Connect with Alan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alansharland 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Mediation: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/mediation-training-course.html 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Conflict Coaching: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/conflict-coaching-training.html 

    Check out and like the Communication and Conflict Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communicationandconflict/ 

    Visit the Communication and Conflict website:  https://www.communicationandconflict.com 

    Books and ebooks:  

    How to Resolve Bullying in the Workplace: Stepping Out of the Circle of Blame to Create an Effective Outcome for All https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Resolve-Bullying-Workplace-Effective/dp/1511941316 

    A Guide To Effective Communication for Conflict Resolution - How Mindful Communication Supports Growth Through Conflict. Purchase the book at this link on amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1790335221 

    CREDITS Outro Music: 

    Gently onwards, youtube free music library

    • 10 min
    How Mediation Skills Promote Psychological Safety at Work – Personal Challenges for Leaders

    How Mediation Skills Promote Psychological Safety at Work – Personal Challenges for Leaders

    How Mediation Skills Promote Psychological Safety at Work – Personal Challenges for Leaders  

    In this video and podcast Alan outlines two main characterisations of 'psychological safety' by pioneers in the field - Amy Edmondson and Timothy Clark. He then goes on to outline how the mediation skills and practices and 'ethos' would seem to be strongly aligned with optimising the possibilities for psychological safety, even if a 'leader' and team members will not be present as mediators.  

    Mediation is a process that promotes effective communication and creativity in response to a conflict and while not all teams will have relationship breakdowns in the way that most situations that involve mediation will, the essence of psychological safety would seem to point to the same aim. 

    If you'd like to watch the YouTube video of this podcast please visit this link: https://youtu.be/_pFXA-xpR28 

    Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section.   

    Alan Sharland has been a Mediator and Conflict Coach for over 27 years working in a wide range of dispute situations including neighbour disputes, workplace disputes, complaints (NHS, Special Educational Needs, University Student), group disputes and others. 

    He was Director of a community mediation service in West London for 11 years and now runs CAOS Conflict Management. https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk 

    Connect with Alan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alansharland 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Mediation: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/mediation-training-course.html 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Conflict Coaching: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/conflict-coaching-training.html 

    Check out and like the Communication and Conflict Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communicationandconflict/ 

    Visit the Communication and Conflict website:  https://www.communicationandconflict.com 

    Books and ebooks:  

    How to Resolve Bullying in the Workplace: Stepping Out of the Circle of Blame to Create an Effective Outcome for All https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Resolve-Bullying-Workplace-Effective/dp/1511941316 

    A Guide To Effective Communication for Conflict Resolution - How Mindful Communication Supports Growth Through Conflict. Purchase the book at this link on amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1790335221 

    CREDITS 

    Outro Music: All Colours Pt 6 by Bob Holroyd, from album Hollowman: https://music.apple.com/us/album/hollowman/677559200

    • 22 min
    Exploring the 3 ways to Create Psychological Safety at Work – the Role of the Leader

    Exploring the 3 ways to Create Psychological Safety at Work – the Role of the Leader

    Exploring the 3 ways to Create Psychological Safety at Work – the Role of the Leader  

    This video and podcast is another in the journey of exploring the concept and implementation of supporting 'psychological safety at work'. 

    I have based the exploration on Amy Edmondson's description of the 3 main ways in which this can be possible in organisations if leaders can carry through those 3 aspects.  

    The more I explore the concept of psychological safety at work and the foundations for it being possible that are put forward by Professor Amy Edmondson and others, the more I see many similarities to the underlying thinking and communication practices of mediators and conflict coaches and to the CAOS models of mediation and conflict coaching which are processes designed to support more effective communication and  creativity in response to conflict.   

    Chapters: 01:10 The content and focus of the video/podcast 

    02:25 Professor Edmondson's characterisation of Psychological Safety, then moving into the 3 ways that she says leaders can 'create' psychological safety at work 

    03:50 Introduction to the 3 ways starting with: 1. Frame the work as a learning problem not an execution problem 

    08:26    2. Acknowledge your own fallibility 

    10:07.   3. Modelling curiosity - how mediation and conflict coaching practices strongly align with the means by which this is achieved. 

    12:24  Review of the 3 ways and issues and questions that arise in relation to the actual carrying through and development of them 'in reality'. The language used, such as, can a leader 'create' a feeling of safety for others and what does that capacity imply - a level of dependency that might in itself be 'unsafe'? 

    17:48 The importance of understanding what are effective questions that support an atmosphere of curiosity and open and 'psychologically safe' discussion. How this links to way no. 1 of 'framing work as a learning problem'.  

    21:05 What is the 'reality' of Psychological Safety at Work being created? 23:25 Some questions and 'loose ends' to finish off with.

    Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section.   

    Alan Sharland has been a Mediator and Conflict Coach for over 27 years working in a wide range of dispute situations including neighbour disputes, workplace disputes and organisational conflict, complaints (NHS, Special Educational Needs, University Student), group disputes and others. 

    He was Director of a community mediation service in West London for 11 years and now runs CAOS Conflict Management. https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk 

    Connect with Alan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alansharland 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Mediation: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/mediation-training-course.html 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Conflict Coaching: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/conflict-coaching-training.html 

    Check out and like the Communication and Conflict Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communicationandconflict/ 

    Visit the Communication and Conflict website:  https://www.communicationandconflict.com 

    Books and ebooks:  

    How to Resolve Bullying in the Workplace: Stepping Out of the Circle of Blame to Create an Effective Outcome for All https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Resolve-Bullying-Workplace-Effective/dp/1511941316 

    A Guide To Effective Communication for Conflict Resolution - How Mindful Communication Supports Growth Through Conflict. 

    Purchase the book at this link on amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1790335221 

    CREDITS 

    Outro Music: All Colours Pt 6 by Bob Holroyd, from album Hollowman: https://music.apple.com/us/album/hollowman/677559200

    • 27 min
    Psychological Safety at Work sounds a GREAT idea! BUT! Some Questions for Amy Edmondson + others

    Psychological Safety at Work sounds a GREAT idea! BUT! Some Questions for Amy Edmondson + others

    Psychological Safety at Work sounds a GREAT idea!  BUT! Some Questions for Amy Edmondson + others...  

    Psychological Safety at Work is a concept developed by Amy Edmondson Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. Many of the practices that she says will support the development of a sense of Psychological Safety at work are reflected in mediation skills practices, which is not surprising given that some of the ways Professor Edmondson characterises the concept is 'permission for candour', accepting mistakes or even failure in teams, acknowledging our own fallibility, framing work as a learning problem rather than an execution problem. All of these characterisations resemble the purpose of mediation as a process that supports creativity in response to conflict, seeing it as an opportunity for learning, change and growth.   

    BUT, in this video and podcast, Alan shares some questions about the 'reality' of being able to create or support psychological safety at work. In much that is said about this concept there remains little about the actual practices and behaviours that leaders and teams and organisations use to introduce it. This risks the possibility that it remains a 'great idea' but does not prove practical to implement without clarity about what these behaviours need to be and why.   

    There also seems to be a lot of emphasis on 'leaders creating' psychological safety but little about how others also need to be involved in this, and recognition of policies that limit the wider possibilities across an organisation for psychological safety to become part of its culture.   

    Here is the link to the video on youtube from which this podcast is taken: https://youtu.be/FkWNh8i6oZQ

    Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section.   

    Alan Sharland has been a Mediator and Conflict Coach for over 27 years working in a wide range of dispute situations including neighbour disputes, workplace disputes, complaints (NHS, Special Educational Needs, University Student), group disputes and others. He was Director of a community mediation service in West London for 11 years and now runs CAOS Conflict Management. https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk

     Connect with Alan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alansharland 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Mediation: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/mediation-training-course.html 

    Train in the CAOS Model of Conflict Coaching: https://www.caos-conflict-management.co.uk/conflict-coaching-training.html 

    Check out and like the Communication and Conflict Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communicationandconflict/ 

    Visit the Communication and Conflict website:  https://www.communicationandconflict.com 

    Books and ebooks:  

    How to Resolve Bullying in the Workplace: Stepping Out of the Circle of Blame to Create an Effective Outcome for All https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Resolve-Bullying-Workplace-Effective/dp/1511941316 

    A Guide To Effective Communication for Conflict Resolution - How Mindful Communication Supports Growth Through Conflict. Purchase the book at this link on amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1790335221 

    CREDITS 

    Outro Music: All Colours Pt 6 by Bob Holroyd, from album Hollowman: https://music.apple.com/us/album/hollowman/677559200

    • 22 min

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