The Way of Conflict: Elemental Wisdom for Resolving Disputes and Transcending Differences

New World Library, 2011年2月8日 - 288 頁
The Way of Conflict teaches strategies for using ancient wisdom and modern techniques to confidently engage in any dispute and reach a balanced resolution. This groundbreaking book integrates the wealth of conflict skills found throughout the world’s major religious and indigenous traditions with the latest scientific systems and conflict resolution theory. It uses the cross-cultural metaphor of the four natural elements — earth, water, fire, and air — to identify the innate conflict personality types and propose a productive path through the chaos of conflict. Combining her extensive experience as a licensed mediator and corporate trainer with wisdom gained from years of spiritual study, Combs uses assessment tests, anecdotes from indigenous and religious traditions, and illustrative folktales to show how to quickly assess a conflict and implement an appropriate resolution strategy.


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第 xx 頁 - I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, — but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
第 34 頁 - ... the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
第 57 頁 - No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy...
第 199 頁 - What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
第 75 頁 - It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness — an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings: two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
第 115 頁 - Ah, but we die to each other daily What we know of other people Is only our memory of the moments During which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same Is a useful and convenient social convention Which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember That at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.
第 202 頁 - I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
第 91 頁 - tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal...
第 33 頁 - This is what you shall do : Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and...
第 xxii 頁 - My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

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Dr. Deidre Combs developed The Way of Conflict through extensive research and a national workshop series. She grounds the system in twenty years of corporate experience, a decade-long mediation and coaching/consulting practice and fourteen years of parenting. She began a full-time corporate career at IBM in 1985 and soon became a project manager in IBM's Healthcare and Global Services divisions; successfully managing a variety of technical, subcontract, and marketing teams over the next seven years. In 1992, she founded Combs and Company and became a credentialed mediator. Combs and Company, Inc. provides facilitation, conflict strategies, training, and executive and team coaching services. Combs and Company's clients include IBM, SolCom Incorporated, Land Mine Survivor's Network, Montana Public School Administrators, Montana State University, Young President's Organization, American Leadership Forum, US Postal Service, and US Forest Service among its many corporate, start-up and non-profit clients. She is also a doctoral faculty member of University of Creation Spirituality, a master's degree instructor for Naropa University, and an interfaith minister. She lives with her husband and their three children in the Rocky Mountains.