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Blogs & Thought Leadership from Movius Colleagues & Collaborators

The Power of Active-Constructive Responding | Hal Movius

Psychologist John Gottman has been researching relationships for more than four decades, and in recent years the popular media have taken notice of his findings. Accounts of his work have often emphasized the four “horsemen” in communication patterns that signal trouble for marriages: criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt. But we sometimes lose sight of the [...]

2018-04-13T11:23:02+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: Our Thinking, We Think...|Tags: |

Why We Need Courage Now, More Than Ever | Hal Movius

Ethics is a hot topic these days, and (sadly) for good reason. There is little sign that greater emphasis on ethics and compliance has led tobetter behavior, at least judging from recent headlines.  Ethicalsystems.org is an inspiring organization that is trying to understand how to foster more effective ways to promote ethical reasoning and action. [...]

2018-03-26T09:34:47+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Our Thinking, We Think...|Tags: |

Is Mindfulness Effective? | Hal Movius

Do you practice mindfulness? Here’s an interesting piece questioning the evidence that it is effective.  On the other hand, this interesting counter piece argues that mindfulness can and should be a prelude to action. Here’s how I think about it: mindfulness is an emotion-focused coping strategy (one that tries to help us escape or modify [...]

2018-03-26T09:23:17+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: Our Thinking, We Think...|Tags: |

Building Resolve to Engage with Political Adversaries | Hal Movius

Much will be written about the 2016 Presidential election. Its outcome signaled a realignment in political coalitions but also reflected an increasingly balkanized information environment, with people reading and watching sources that reinforced their beliefs and emotions. For some people in America – at least half, if the polls are right – the morning of 11/9 [...]

2018-03-26T09:16:47+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Categories: Our Thinking, We Think...|Tags: |

“Rude” Behaviors in the Workplace | Joanna Chango

A New York Times article this week described reportedly common rude behaviors in the workplace. More and more people are recognizing that how we behave toward one another in key conversations and meetings can impact performance, efficiency, job satisfaction, and health. Yet previous research done by Jim Coan, John Gottman and others suggests that some [...]

2018-03-26T09:05:51+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Categories: Our Thinking, We Think...|Tags: |

Three Common Misconceptions About Negotiation Terms and Practices | Hal Movius & Joanna Chango

Being scholar-practitioners requires paying close attention to discrepancies. As we read the negotiation literature, work with clients, and read postings by fellow negotiation consultants and trainers, we’ve repeatedly come across major and persistent misconceptions about negotiation concepts and tactics.  Here we’ll address three of them. Misconception #1: A Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) [...]

2018-03-26T09:02:48+00:00 May 12th, 2015|Categories: Our Thinking, We Think...|Tags: , |

Why Learn to Code Behavior? Part 3 | Joanna Chango & Jim Coan

**This is the third and final post in a three-part blog: Part One, Part Two In this three part blog, we have been reviewing benefits to leaders, teams, and negotiators of learning to code emotional behavior using a standardized coding system. We’ve discussed reliability (benefit 1), meaning that communication about observed emotional behaviors becomes consistent, [...]

2018-03-26T09:07:27+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Categories: Our Thinking, We Think...|Tags: , |