In defence of the difficult conversation – but not at any cost

In defence of the difficult conversation – but not at any cost

by Andy Rogers, Associate Director and Mediator, CEDR There has been an interesting response from certain quarters of the media over the announcement last Friday on expenditure by the Cabinet Office, at the heart of UK Government, which included staff training in ‘difficult conversations’. The ‘difficult conversations’ item was picked out probably for a couple […]

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Looking for leadership inspiration

Looking for leadership inspiration

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator, CEDR It may not be the most career-enhancing move to worry about leadership in conflict resolution just a couple of months after the boss [Karl Mackie] gets his well-deserved CBE, but I’ve been worrying about where the next generation of leaders are coming from. This thought came […]

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Want you back for good?

Want you back for good?

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator, CEDR The recent completion of the reunion of Nineties teen idols Take That after their 1996 split is a poignant reminder of the value of long term relationships and how hard they can be to revive once we let them slip into disrepair. Consider the comments of […]

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Was the Hutton Inquiry flawed?

Was the Hutton Inquiry flawed?

By Andy Rogers, Associate Director & Mediator, CEDR The sad death of Dr David Kelly in 2003 and the following Hutton Inquiry still has many people asking questions; therefore did the process used achieve the objective of a public inquiry – to find satisfactory answers for the public? Lord Hutton is a respected and experienced […]

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Strike! – Negotiate!

Strike! – Negotiate!

by Fiona Colquhoun, Director, CEDR Another strike, this time with BAA, appears to be on its way. This strike is about pay and annual pay demands, not the other hot potato of the moment – pensions, which is what the impending BBC staff action due for 9 September is about. The BAA and BBC strikes, […]

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