How to Collaborate

Collaboration

Collaborate – To work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor. Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Collaborate is closely related to cooperation. The United States of America is a function of collaborating States. Here are ten thoughts about how to collaborate.

Communication

Communication

It seems when we think of the word “communication”, talking is what we first think of. However, there is much more to communication than words coming out of our mouths!

Talking is merely a part of oral communication. Oral communication also includes listening. Listening can take skill and it is an important part of communication itself.

How To Reconcile

Sometimes people have deeply help beliefs on topics like politics that prevent them from hearing a different point of view. 

No amount of shouting seems to work to get through to some people and can lead to high levels of frustration.

Elder Mediation

Elder Care Mediation

Elder mediation is a specialized form of mediation that brings an elder person, their family and other significant people together to have conversation and make plans around changing family/life dynamics that occur as loved ones age and require different levels of assistance and care.

Co-Parenting Mediation

Co-parenting Plan

It’s a common scenario, when the structure of a family is altered by separation or divorce, issues come up which can benefit from open discussion in order to better understand the new family dynamic.

Without attention, such issues can escalate and further strain family connections. But talking about those issues is difficult. How do you even begin? What happens if conversations spin out of control?  

Pros & Cons of Texting, IM, and Social Media Posts

Text messaging, instant messaging, and posts to social media sites – these are now common forms of quick, easy communication.

But as it turns out, these simple forms of communication also cause a great deal of controversy because, by their very design – easy, fast, simply stated, they are often not well considered by the author before hitting the ‘send’ button.

Traditional Causes of Conflict

Family Conflict

This is the time of year many of us look forward to the holidays and make plans to reunite with loved ones. For many, our long-established rituals are characterized by a sense of love, happiness, and compassion. Our shared beliefs rejoin us at these special times of the year, however, as many have experienced, sometimes this familial togetherness harkins old tensions we hoped time and space would have healed.

Considering Conflict

Let’s begin by pondering a few questions. First, if you had a choice, would you always want to be happy? Second, if you had a choice, would you live a life absent of conflict?

I bet you’re thinking, “What’s the catch? If I had a choice, of course I’d rather be happy all the time AND have a life without conflict.”