Applying Principled Negotiation to Workplace Conflicts

Everything in the workplace isn’t negotiable – but much is and many daily interactions in the workplace involve negotiation. In this highly interactive half-day workshop, attendees will be introduced to the concept of ‘principled negotiation’ and learn how to apply it in a variety of situations. Through the discussion of case studies and group activities participants will learn a variety of strategies - getting to interests instead of positions, managing the people problems (emotion, communication, and perception) so that substantive issues can be addressed, generating options for mutual gain, and using objective criteria to manage or resolve conflicts and “get to yes.” This half-day experiential workshop is available to all CU Boulder faculty and staff members.

Instructor: Tom Sebok, Director Ombuds Office, CU-Boulder

Tom Sebok has been an Ombuds at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 1990 and Director of the Ombuds Office since 1992. He serves as associate editor for the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association and is a former officer on the Board of Directors of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). He is an instructor for the IOA Professional Development course, Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice. He chaired an IOA Task Force which developed a system to classify the issues with which all organizational Ombuds assist constituents. Tom is the author of numerous publications on Ombuds practice, mediation, workplace bullying, and restorative justice and he has presented on those topics at national and international conferences and webinars. He helped create the first restorative justice program in the U.S. in higher education and holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware.

Date: April 3, 2013
Time: ​9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Venue: Administrative Research Center building (ARCE), East Campus, Room 346

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