Appropriate Resolutions for life’s relationships.


… is what it takes to manage communications
…. and to resolve conflicts…

Clear words…which each needs to understand … replacing the assumptions we all make as to meaning and/or intent; PLUS…

Clear and understood roles: how people see/perceive themselves (and others) in any relationship. If you’re not sure, ASK!

Clear and understood boundaries: those 'do not go' places applied by people to protect or defend against emotional, physical, or psychological harm.

If you’re not sure, ASK, don’t assume!

Clear and understood responsibilities: usually tied to expectations. If you’re not sure, ASK, don’t assume!

Clear and understood expectations… about the other(s), about ourselves, and in conflict, about similar historical events and situations which may or have impacted on you or those with whom you're negotiating. If you’re not sure, ASK, don’t assume!

Clear words… articulated, received, acknowledged, and understood through elicited confirmation. If you’re not sure about a mutual understanding, ASK, don’t assume!

     Sound too easy? Maybe; yet this OBVIOUS SECRET is often ignored (or mis-managed) when issues generate differences and conflict.

        Stress throws clarity, and sometimes rationality, out the window with often painful consequences. To change such realities it takes actually EXPLORING differences so as to highlight any obstacles which are in the way of understanding and collaboration.

Text Box: In order to jump forward, you first have to take a step back. ANONYMOUS

And for something completely different…



þ Never argue with the one who packs your parachute.

þ Experience is a great teacher; no man wakes his second baby just to see it smile.

þ Work is what you get when you don't want it, don't like it when you get it, and do only so that one day you won't have to. 

Website table of contents  and Joseph Ravick …  links to what’s on this site and who I am.

ABOUT Conflict...  What conflicts look like…

DisputesWHAT DO DISPUTES LOOK LIKE,  and how do people react or respond when conflicts escalate into disputes? (the many faces of conflict),.

COMMUNICATION & CONFLICT  Definitions, terms, jargon

CONFLICT RESOLUTION TIPS AND GUIDELINES: Strategies and behaviours for you to apply when in conflict.

CONFLICT CHRONICLES: Original stories by Joseph Ravick with a common theme. The chronicles feature real-life conflicts describing the people, their relationships, and the outcomes which they experienced whether they liked it or not.