Play Nice in Your Sandbox at Work is one of the books I’ve edited. It’s for everyone who wants to handle conflict better, or even avoid it entirely when that’s possible (it’s not always). Skill at playing office politics isn’t tied closely to literal survival, thank heavens, but it can be tied closely to keeping one’s job, and certainly is tied to the quality of relationships one has.
Play Nice in Your Sandbox at Work helps resolve conflict
Conflict is stress that no one needs. It can take many forms:
- There’s a woman in another department who just can’t stand you and you can’t figure out why.
- Your boss throws you under the bus every time you turn around, and you’d like to find a way to stop that.
- The team just doesn’t function like a team anymore. You’re not really sure it ever did. You know there has to be a better way. If you can just figure out how to bring everyone together…
Even though the book title indicates it’s about work, the principles still apply past the water cooler.
- You and your spouse get into so many fights and you want to be at peace.
- The next-door neighbor wants you to remove your beautiful and expensive fence that you built (following all of the laws and regulations, of course), which you have every right to keep, and he keeps damaging the fence. You don’t necessarily want the relationship to be close enough to enjoy Sunday dinners together, but you’d like the vandalism to stop.
Play Nice in Your Sandbox at Work gives you principles and a toolbox full of things you can use in the tough situations that arise in your life. It even helps you prevent problems from arising in the first place.
Ron Price, MA has been professionally helping people manage and resolve conflict for decades. Cases regarding everything from family feuds to corporate conflicts have passed through his capable hands to end at good resolutions. Ron Price lives and works in Farmington, New Mexico, where he operates Productive Outcomes, Inc., a conflict-management company.