Christopher Sheesley

Christopher Sheesley

Chris Sheesley, MA and his team at In-Accord put derailed workplace relationships back on track. Leaders hire In-Accord when they recognize the need for experienced, objective facilitators to transform high-stakes or seemingly impossible internal disputes into cooperation and employee efficiency. Chris is among the most seasoned conflict management professionals in the Northwest having mediated over 2,000 cases since 1991 and built a client roster of hundreds of notable organizations. He has also amassed more than 5,000 hours of experience teaching dispute resolution and related skills grounded in his real-world experience.

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Articles and Video:

Drafting Mediated Workplace Agreements (03/25/21)
To enhance communication flow and joint involvement in certain decision-making areas, agreements need to be well planned-out.

Three Questions to Resolve Conflict (09/18/20)
Continually asking questions, rather than making declarations, is a core creed in my resolution work.

Two Words (07/31/20)
After helping thousands of people resolve disagreements at work, I have found that you can help people with these two words.

Make Your Next Apology Irresistible (06/12/20)
Apologies are an important part of conflict resolution--and they are not always easy!

Bold Moves (05/08/20)
This was conflict resolution blasphemy.

Negotiating Among Workplace Dictators (04/17/20)
“You wouldn’t negotiate with Hitler, would you?”

Tools to Use When Peace Comes to Shove (03/20/20)
The infamous meeting all those months ago teetered on the brink of actual violence.

Reframing: A Conflict Resolver's Superpower (02/21/20)
Mediators also have a range of powers, and I believe that “reframing” is our equivalent of flying.

Community Dispute Resolution Programs:Loved To Pieces? (04/01/99)
Many enforcement institutions that have traditionally made referrals to mediation programs, such as local courts and police, are now embracing the product by developing internal alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. While this evolution affirms the community mediation message, it heightens the danger that community-based dispute resolution will be "loved to pieces" through this trend of specialized, in-house programs.