Mindset Mondays

Monday, 25 September 2017
Conflict Resolution: How to Teach Kids to Manage Conflict

Managing conflict can be hard, especially if you're a kid. Back to school can mean back to conflict. In this episode of Mindset Monday, Dir. of External Relations, Ashley Virtue, shares how parents can teach their children on how to resolve conflict.

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Happy Mindset Monday, everyone! All right, so chances are that either you or someone you know has a child who's going back to school the next couple of weeks. So we wanted to talk to you a little bit today about how you can talk with kids about conflict and how to resolve conflict. So, the first thing that we want to share with you is make sure that your kids know that conflict is inevitable. It's going to happen and it doesn't have to be scary. Conflict on the playground when you're sharing resources or toys is bound to happen. In fact, if your kids have siblings you probably already experienced some of that at home. So, let them know that it's natural to have conflict, but there are good tools that you can use to help manage it a little bit. In fact, if you have an opportunity, maybe around the dinner table, to share with them some of your conflicts that you're dealing with, it might give them a good example of how they can deal with their own. So, make sure that you talk to your kids about it. Don't always jump in and try to solve every problem for them, but help them strategize a little bit about their issues and how they're gonna deal with them. It's all about empowering our kids to feel like they have the tools to deal with conflict on their own. Now, check back in next week, because we're going to talk more about this topic as we have all of our kids going back to school. Thanks and see you later!

Monday, 11 September 2017
September 11th A Day of Remembrance

Looking back, it’s easy to remember all of the negative things that came about as a result of the 9/11 attacks. While we can never forget what happened, it’s important on this day to think about the lessons we learned, and what we can take from those lessons to make the present and future better for all of us. One important lesson that we at NCRC are thinking about today is Unity in the face of adversity.

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Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. A somber day in our history and a day of remembrance for anyone that was alive to experience this tragedy. Sixteen years later this event still holds extreme significance to most Americans because it drastically changed the world that we live in. Now looking back, it's easier to remember all of the negative things that came about as a result of the 9/11 attacks. And while we can never forget what happened, it's also important on this day to think about the lessons we learned and what we can take from those to make the present and the future better for all of us. One important lesson that we at NCRC are thinking about today is unity in the face of adversity. Those of us who are old enough to remember the events of 9/11 can remember the overwhelming unity that our country experienced after the attacks. Never before really have we experienced such a breakdown in the divides that separate us. The country truly came together as one to deal with the issues that we were facing. So, we at NCRC feel that on this day it's important to never forget about that unity. We can never forget that it doesn't matter what political party you belong to or where you come from, or how much money you have, or what your job is - essentially, we are all in this together. We have a mutual interest in making this country the best place for all of us to call home. And we still live through turbulent times. And though we face a lot of issues that divide us, we have to remember that we were all once united. And today we can remember that and get back to that unity again, and realize it's never too late to come together for the betterment of our country. Thanks.

Monday, 4 September 2017
Conflict Resolution: The True Cost of Unresolved Conflict

Happy Labor Day! We hope you are enjoying the long weekend with friends and family. As you start to think about the week ahead, here's a quick video Mindset Monday video to get you on the right track to managing unresolved conflict in the workplace.

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Hi everyone, happy Labor Day! I hope that you are enjoying this video from the comfort of your home or maybe after a day spending with friends and family, enjoying a well-deserved day off. Being that it's Labor Day, it has us thinking about the workplace and more specifically the cost of unresolved conflict in the workplace. This Labor Day we thought it would be a good time to just kind of reset and think about your own workplace and if there any underlying issues happening there for you right now. Maybe you have a little bit of an issue with the colleague of yours, or maybe you are a manager or a supervisor and you know about some issues that are going on in your team. We know that it's hard to address conflict head-on, but we have seen time and time again that the cost of unresolved conflict really takes a toll on the workplace. And so, we encourage you, as you think about the week ahead, to go back into your workplace and think about some tools that you might take with you to address some of these underlying issues that perhaps you've been avoiding before. Now, our President Steve Dinkin just wrote a wonderful op-ed piece published on the Huff Post, and you can see it in the feed below. There are some really helpful tips and tools in that piece, and so I encourage you to take a look and see if there's anything useful in there. We'd love to know how it goes for you and, as always, we here at NCRC are here for you if you want to dive deeper into some of the strategies or trainings that we can provide. Thank you so much and have a wonderful week!