Actions for Week 1 Discussion Topic 1

Have you ever worked with anyone like Jenny (in the opening case in Chapter 1), either in school or at a job?Discuss your experiences and how you handled working with this person. How could they have benefited from an understanding of human relations?Please interact with at least two of your classmates.

Actions for Week 1 Discussion Topic 2

What do you take away from the following quote and why,

"Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed the passage with you?" (Walt Whitman)

Please remember that quality, substance, and content are also counted, not just the number of times you participate.

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.











WEEK 2


Actions for Week 2 Discussion Topic 1

Of the ways to handle stress listed in this chapter (Chapter 3), which ones do you already integrate in your life? Do you engage in other methods not listed here? Share your ideas for stress reduction with others in the class.

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.
	
	
	
Week 2 Discussion Topic 2
Actions for Week 2 Discussion Topic 2

Which communication style, the expresser, driver, relater, or analytical, do you typically use? How can you get better at understanding other people’s style and get comfortable communicating in their style?

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.
	
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Week 2 Discussion Topic 3 - Optional
Actions for Week 2 Discussion Topic 3 - Optional

Stress Quiz: How Stressed Are You?

This is located in Chapter 3. Please take the quiz to determine how stressed you are. Then, share with your classmates what you can do to reduce your stress.

You don't need to interact with two otherclassmates.









Actions for Week 3 Discussion Topic 1



What are the types of conflicts that individuals may have at work? Which type have you experienced the most? And how has it been resolved?
What are some primary causes of conflict at your place of work? If you aren't currently working, what do you think are the primary causes of conflict in the workplace?Please interact with at least two of your classmates.		
	
Week 3 Discussion Topic 2
Actions for Week 3 Discussion Topic 2

What do you take away from this video?

Find a similar video and post the link for others as a response to this discussion topic. Why do you think it is a useful video? Why or Why not?

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.

Conflict and Negotiation



WEEK 3



There were some good remarks made by the individuals in the video. Enjoy! What do you think?

How do you react to the outside circumstances and to difficult people?

Difficult Situations and Difficult People

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Actions for Week 4 Discussion Topic 1

Getting to Yes video - These presenters are from the famous bookGetting to Yes.It is a great presentation and if you haven't read the book and are interested in negotiations, I strongly recommend that you read it. Enjoy! What are your thoughts about the video?

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.

Getting to Yes
	
	
	
Week 4 Discussion Topic 2
Actions for Week 4 Discussion Topic 2

Research the Internet for an article on cultural differences in negotiation styles. Post the link here and a correct APA reference. Explain why you selected this particular article and what you learned from it.

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.








Actions for Week 5 Discussion Topic 1What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful negotiation?How much does luck versus skill have to do with it?How much time needs to pass to know if a negotiation is successful or not?Please interact with at least two of your classmates.	
	
	
Week 5 Discussion Topic 2
Actions for Week 5 Discussion Topic 2

Assignment 2 is due this Sunday night. Before Sunday night, use one of the references that you selected to support this assignment and explain why it is effective.

Provide a link and the correct APA reference format.

Please interact with at least two other classmates.






WEEK 6



Actions for Week 6 Discussion Topic 1

This particular video explains the difference between arbitration and mediation. It's an interesting video discussing the differences.

What is your take away from it? Why?

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.

Arbitration and Mediation
	
	
	
Week 6 Discussion Topic 2
Actions for Week 6 Discussion Topic 2What are some similarities and differences in conflict management preference and negotiation practices among different countries around the globe?Have you had any business interaction or experiences with individuals from other cultures? If so, how did it go? How might it have gone better, or could it have been worse?

















Actions for Week 7 Discussion Topic 1 - Bad Manager

I recently heard a manager say, "Handling employees isn't so difficult. All you do is tell the employee what to do. If he doesn't do it, it's an act of insubordination and the guy's out. It's that simple."

What do you say to this? Discuss this in relationship to workplace violence and reality.

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.
	
	
	
Week 7 Discussion Topic 2 - Workplace Violence
Actions for Week 7 Discussion Topic 2 - Workplace Violence

Which types of jobs are the most at risk for workplace violence? Why do you think that is? How could they be made safer?

Have you ever experienced workplace violence and, if so, what happened and how was it solved?

If you are not currently working or you have not experienced it or witnessed it at work, discuss an act of workplace violence that has been in the news recently and indicate what could have been done to prevent it.

Please interact with at least two of your classmates.












Actions for Week 8 Discussion Topic 1

Since we are at the end of this class, this is the perfect time to reflect upon the achievement of Course Outcomes.

As the Syllabus states ....After completing this course, you should be able to:

    Apply best practices to support a safe and productive working environment that enhances an organization’s competitive advantage
    Analyze and apply appropriate strategies for addressing and managing workplace conflict
    Apply knowledge of traditional systems of conflict management as well as alternative dispute resolutions to select the best approach

Considering the activities, assignments, etc.

What has been most useful ?

What is one of the most surprising and/or valuable thing(s) you learned from this course that you did not know before you took it? How will it help you in the future?

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Week 8 Discussion Topic 2
Actions for Week 8 Discussion Topic 2

There is a lot of conflict in the world - political, personal, and workplace. What do you think has had the greatest impact on youin the past year? How have you resolved it?

How do you think this course will help you in the future?

You don't need to interact with another student.