Michael Lodge, NCPM, CRTP - What happens in the next few hours in Congress will tell us if we have people on our sides, or people against us. Currently what we have in Congress is a majority on the Republican side that can't even decide who will be the speaker of the house. That creates a show of chaos as there is internal fighting going on. What do we need in a speaker?
We need a republican that is as nasty and mean as Pelosi. One who will fight back, argue well, lead well, and unite his majority. Keven McCarthy I am afraid is not that person. He has no back bone, he sounds and acts like a democrat with an "R" by his name. If he becomes speaker we will not have unity in the GOP congress. We should step away from those members of Congress from California and New York. California is viewed as a liberal state, even if you claim you are a conservative republican. There are no conservative in California or New York. Or at lease until they prove themselves. The best bet would be to elect a speaker that is from another state, a conservatives state, that will fight for conservative values.
In business, with a liberal congress , we have been hit hard with inflation from overspending and increasing taxes. As of January 1, 2023 we have a lot of new taxes that will affect the inflation on living in the United States. Heating our homes, gas, transportation, food has increased so much that Americans are now making those hard decision. Do I keep my business open or do I close it. Do I cut back on gasoline so I can feed my family. Credit card debt is the highest in history because wages have not kept up with inflation, and nor can it.
What happens in the choice of speaker makes a big difference on what happens going forward. The republicans have a lot of work to do, no more chit chat, it means getting to work. But to do that, you need a strong leader.
It's A Tough Business Life in 2023
IT'S A TOUGH BUSINESS LIFE: I sat down with a healthcare client via zoom, who is in California, the other day and heard a voice that sounded like he was about to lose everything he had worked for. Skilled nursing facility that he had a contract with is going to cut him out of a contract and bring in their own team of PT's. When SNFS are hurting they sell and in comes new management with new teams. So we sat down and planned what he needed to do to survive and to have to bring in other sources of revenue. We are seeing this more and more as the pandemic and a chaotic recession hits businesses. There are options. We as business advisors need to explore those options with our clients. If you are in California, own a hospital or skilled nursing facility, and need a group to handle your PT, PTA, OT, OTA, Speech needs, let me know.
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Business Leadership Never Goes Woke!
Michael Lodge, NCPM, CRTP - over the past few months we have had a good example of what not to do in business by reading and understanding what went wrong in Twitter. Leadership was ignored as they adopted a "woke", "cancel culture political" environment. Twitter employees goal was to use their power to destroy others, and the real business side of Twitter was kicked to the side and forgotten.
We have leaned that when businesses become woke they create conflict within their companies and externally with vendors and the public at large. Conflict costs money and wasted time of employees. They don't know who to turn to, who to trust, and time is gone because they don't know what to do. So from being an excellent employee they become the employee who does nothing. Positive voices and action become silent and the woke environment takes over. Good leaders are afraid to step in when they are needed most. They become afraid and stop leading.
Woke is not ethical. Woke is not productive. Woke never makes money for the company. Woke never creates new ideas. Woke creates failure for a business to be a business. Let's look at some of the leadership qualities that is needed to LEAD.
How can mediation solve a workplace dispute?
Michael Lodge, NCPM - Nationally Certified Mediator - I have written many articles about workplace mediation, but I found this article on Mediate.com and thought I would repost it.
For both employees and employers, it’s important to consider the benefits of mediation and available options to reach a compromise that ends the dispute.Many workplaces are made up of individuals with unique backgrounds, belief systems, and ways of working. In most cases, this diversity can enrich the work environment, especially with strong leadership and a culture of collaboration and mutual respect. But, even in the most positive work environments, inevitably, disagreements may also arise.
When these conflicts grow to the point of interfering with productivity or workplace morale, or when a complaint or grievance has been lodged, it might be time to consider mediation as a method of resolving disagreements.
Generally, there are three situations in which mediation might be utilized to solve a workplace dispute:
1. Employers might hire a mediator for disputes between coworkers or groups of employees who are not getting along. One example might be if an employee has reported another employee for bullying or discrimination and management investigated and did not find that it rose to that level but did find that conflict between the employees was disruptive to the workplace and impacting morale.
2. If an employee files complaints outside the business or organization, either with a government agency or in court, mediators can help resolve those complaints and lawsuits. These types of cases include all manner of employment claims such as sexual harassment, noncompetition disputes, race discrimination, disability accommodation, whistleblower retaliation, or termination of an employee.
3. Mediation is also used when there are conflicts between unions and employers, such as if a grievance is filed or if the union and management need help settling on terms of a collective bargaining agreement.
How should employees prepare for mediation?
In matters involving general internal workplace conflict, employees should think about what is important for them to say. Think about how to firmly but diplomatically express what is and is not working and consider ideas for resolution. Sometimes, writing out what happened in a chronology of events can help, as can thinking of specific examples that support their feelings or opinions.
In matters involving administrative or court claims or a grievance against the employer where the employee is seeking financial compensation, sometimes it can help to write an impact statement that explains how the dispute has affected them and their life financially as well as on an emotional level. Have they lost income or other benefits? Have they incurred debt? Have they had to go to the doctor or to therapy? How has the situation affected their mood? Their relationships? Their confidence in their profession? Their reputation?
It is also important to understand what employees can and cannot get from a court or arbitration vs. a mediation process. They should consider what their attorney or union representatives advise them about the likelihood of success of their claims and the range of compensation they could realistically get awarded if they take or continue with legal action. What is the risk that they might lose the case outright and get nothing? What is the risk that they might win, but not be awarded very much money? What are the costs of pursuing legal action? How long will it take? How will ongoing litigation affect their life? Mediation presents an opportunity to get closure more quickly and, in some cases, achieve things that could be valuable now and that may not be something the court has the power to order, such as a letter of reference, an agreement not to make disparaging comments, improvements to the employer’s policies, and training for its supervisors.
How should employers prepare for mediation?
In matters involving administrative or court claims or grievance against the employer where the employee is seeking financial compensation, employers should make sure they and their employment law counsel (and insurance adjuster if there is insurance coverage) have a good handle on the relevant documents and what key witnesses will say.
They should also understand the outside risks. It’s important to consider not only the full legal exposure on the claims but also other factors, such as: How is an ongoing dispute impacting the business? How much will it cost to defend against the claims (even if the employer ultimately wins)? If there is publicity, how might that impact the business? How much time and effort will be involved in defending or continuing to defend the claim? Will it cause disruption to the operation of the business to have to respond to requests for documents and information, and to have other employees be pulled into the matter to provide testimony in depositions, arbitration or trial?
As with employees, mediation presents an opportunity for employers to get some things they cannot get from a court, such as confidentiality of the fact and terms of settlement, as well as a nondisparagement agreement to prevent future negative commentary about the business or other employees.
For both employees and employers, it’s important to think about what the other party may be thinking and feeling, and what options are available to reach a compromise that ends the dispute. Sometimes finding something positive to say about the other party or acknowledging grief or high emotions can lead to reciprocation and more open discussion. Sometimes making some concessions can build the trust and credibility necessary for the other party to let go of the conflict. In many cases, it can be helpful to take time to consider the impact of ongoing conflict on people’s lives and businesses and how that could change if the conflict were over. Settling workplace conflict through mediation can reduce stress and bring needed closure.
Asking Questions and Listening
Michael Lodge, NCPM - Nationally Certified Mediator and Business Advisor. www.lodge-co.com
Many times people come into my office and are in trouble. When you sit down with someone that is in trouble, we tend to want to do all the talking, but in fact they need to talk. The best way to get their emotional breath out, is to listen. Ask open ended questions. Listen. Not to talk, talk, talk, but to ask an open ended questions to allow them to go in any direction they would like. You have to listen, don't just come up with a whole bunch of your talk, you instead must listen. Your talk isn't going to help that person at that moment. Ask, hey tell me what's on your mind and then shut up and listen. Then you ask, what else? And they talk some more, they are taking their emotional breath. Then you say, tell me more. They are taking an emotional breath to heal. Once you allow them to speak you can get them to focus on what actually needs to be focused on to resolve the issue. That emotional breath allows them to get all of their emotions out to be able to focus on the issue to resolve. Read the book, "The Coaching Habit". It is a great book.
A part of the job of a mediator is to listen. And there are times that you spend a bit of time on the healing process in resolving disputes and conflicts. Often we feel we need to talk, talk, talk, with all of our so called wisdom. But the best wisdom is to listen. Let them heal through their talking. To coach a person through a difficult situation you have to listen. Remember the term, "emotional breath", let them talk and listen.
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Michael Lodge is a Nationally Certified Professional Mediator specializing in business disputes, as well as family conflicts. He has written three books and hosts an international podcast on IHeartRadio and other podcast media stations.