Conflict: Your Organization’s Superpower

Date: Mar 7, 2018
Time: 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where:

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - River Room
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $85 for nonmembers Register Now!
 

Conflict is not only healthy but essential for organizational growth. Seriously. They’ve done studies! But because we are hard-wired to avoid conflict, both interpersonal and organizational, often we miss the growth opportunities inherent in conflict situations. Organizational conflict can be tough to manage, let alone harness to generate the creativity that all nonprofits need to fulfill their important missions. Join this session to build concrete tools to help you improve your organization’s collaboration, follow-through, and conflict competence through the following activities:

  • Discover individual communication preferences, conflict styles and conflict triggers to prevent conflicts before they start;
  • Explore current interpersonal communication patterns and learn and practice conflict resolution skills that are effective in reducing interpersonal conflict in everyday communications in your organization; and
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of consensus based decision making and experience the application of a consensus process in a facilitated scenario while practicing idea generation, criteria building, and solution selection.

Principles & Practices

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • HR 14: Nonprofit organizations should create a culture of transparency and open communication where internal information is shared as appropriate. This also includes being open to input from personnel regarding the organization’s activities and results on a continual basis.
  • LEAD 13: Nonprofit leaders should push the organization to make difficult and timely decisions, challenge others in the organization when necessary, and permit conflicting views to be expressed on the way to reaching resolution.
  • LEAD 19: Nonprofit leaders should allow for and encourage questions and reflections on the organization’s strategies, effectiveness and ability to change.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Elise ChambersElise Chambers is the program director of the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC), an attorney and a qualified neutral under Rule 114. Beginning with her experiences as a youth volunteer trainer in 1996, Elise has developed, presented and evaluated training curriculum for a variety of audiences and topics. Through her work as a criminal defense lawyer representing adults and juveniles at the Minnesota Law Collective, a nonprofit she founded, Elise trained and mentored certified student attorneys to represent low income criminal defense clients in court. Elise also ran the nonpartisan national Election Protection voters' rights coalition in Minnesota in collaboration with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, working closely with a number of statewide coalitions and volunteers of all ages. At CRC, Elise has developed workshops and trainings in mediation, communication skills, brain science, youth mentoring, community leadership and group facilitation processes. Elise has also co-authored and presented published research regarding youth brain development and the mutual impacts of the juvenile justice system and adolescent mental illness on each other.

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