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Get ahead in your career or business by strengthening relationships!

If you are a leader, manager or supervisor facing conflict at work, you’ve come to the right place!  Did you know that studies on conflict in the workplace show that managers spend about 50% of their time dealing with conflict?

Yet, most leaders receive absolutely no training in how to deal with conflict!

My name is Julia Menard and I’ve spent over 20 years helping people resolve conflicts constructively.  Through mediation, coaching, role playing and training,  I’ve seen hundreds of people move from being overwhelmed by conflict to being able to ride the waves of conflict to a more productive shoreline!

I’ve seen what works in helping make stronger leaders, managers and supervisors – and what doesn’t.

In fact, I’ve dedicated my professional life to helping leaders like you figure out how to engage and strengthen relationships in spite of – and often because of – conflict.

This website offers you the wealth of information, training, and support from my experiences and those of my clients – so that your work life can be that much easier.

The most successful clients I’ve worked with do not buy the myth that ignoring conflict will make it go away!

Conflict Competent Leaders face up to the conflicts that are always there and take the time to prepare how to handle them.

The good news is this way of engaging conflict is both learnable and effective.

What my clients have learned is that as painful as conflict often is, it can bring the gifts of insight, learning, and humility.  If handled well, conflict can also give us a sense of empowerment and grow our compassion for others.

A big promise – and – this is not only possible, I’ve seen it happen time and again in my own life and in the lives of my mediation clients, coaching clients and with the people I’ve met through my trainings.

Conflict will not go away.  Although we might not be able to change how someone else behaves, we can choose how we look at it.  If we see it as destructive, crippling or embarrassing, we’ll want it to go away.  If we see it as something which can give us a wider perspective, new information or more wisdom, we may still not want conflict in our lives, but we may see it as normal.

As normal as a raging river, an intense thunder storm, or a deep freeze.  Not things we would wish on ourselves, but when they do arrive – we can be better prepared to see them as serving a purpose larger than ourselves.

Have a look around the website – glean some tips, good ideas, new support.  And please feel free to contact me – I love to hear what you think!

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” 

… Dorothy Thompson

 

Phone: 250–381–7522 • E-mail: julia@juliamenard.com