Kathleen Kauth is President/Owner of K.T. Beck Enterprises, LLC a Mediation and Business Consulting firm which focuses on using Mediation techniques to help individuals, families and businesses resolve conflicts. With areas of interest in Eldercare and Business Mediation, we are able to provide a wide variety of personalized services.
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Being Offended is a Choice
Taking offense at even minor things is a phenomenon that has been growing steadily over the last several decades.
"Yes, But....." Hypocrisy in Conflict
Conflict situations frequently revolve around people who have gotten very set in their beliefs and very intolerant of others who do not hold those same beliefs.
If we listen to the main stream media, it can often seem as if there is no hope for people of different beliefs, races, religions, politics, gender etc. to be in the same room together much less get along.
Sometimes the Answer is "No"
Mediation is often considered the best option to work out a conflict and salvage a relationship.
Managing Expectations to Avoid Conflict
Expectations are part of living as a human being. If we are in a relationship, we expect to be treated a certain way.
This article discusses the importance of sticking your neck out during conflict.
Start with the Small Rocks
In Stephen Covey's book "First Things First" he talks about looking at a jar as the amount of time and energy you have, and a pile of rocks as your tasks.
Cyclical Nature of Interpersonal Conflict
When talking about domestic violence, you often hear about the cycle of abuse.
No matter what the issue, it seems that it only takes 1-2 episodes to work out conflicts when watching sit-coms.
Authenticity in Conflict
Many times in tense situations there is a strong desire to minimize the conflict.
Ultimatums in Conflict Resolution
Empty threats in dispute resolution change nothing.
When the Cure is Worse Than the Disease: Civil liberties Under Attack
As COVID concerns spread, conditioning from the media and celebrities talking about how everyone needed to comply with random, and often contradictory orders began to make the rounds of TV and social media.
Empty Threats Change Nothing
Ultimatums are usually born out of extreme frustration from a lack of agreement on specific issues.
Entrenched Views Make Resolution Tricky
The word Entrenched calls to mind war zones with soldiers dug into trenches to protect themselves and still be able to fire upon the enemy.
Objectivity is Imperative
Most conflicts are dealt with successfully by the individuals involved without outside help.
Mind Reading is Not a Communication Strategy
Have you ever been in a situation with another individual where you have absolutely no idea what they are thinking?
It's Time to Talk....
Talking about end of life wishes is never fun, and seldom easy.
The perfect time for there to be conflicting ideas within an organization or team is when information is being processed and decisions are being made about the direction of the company or project.
Conflict in Confined Spaces
Stay at home orders have been issued, work and schools have closed down, everyone is home together. So now what?
Handling Conflict in Chaos
Right now, we are adjusting to an entirely new set of parameters for our lives.
Have you ever worked with someone who came across as angry all the time?
How Do You Handle a Pathological Liar at Work?
Have you ever worked with someone who talked about experiences that seemed far-fetched, but you couldn't pin down what was off?
What About Your Furry Friends?
So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?
When No One Wants to Talk...
How do you handle talking with other family members about serious issues when they don't think anything is wrong?
Cost of Workplace Conflict
Conflict in the workplace is extremely costly.
Gossip Feeds Conflict
Gossip in the office can be very damaging, causing hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) conflicts.
Conflicts in the 'Family' Work Environment
What do you do when work treats you “like family”?
People are Like Icebergs
The iceberg principle states that while you may see the tip of an iceberg (usually about 1/10th of it), the vast majority of it (9/10ths) is deep beneath the water, hidden from view.
Eldercare Mediation: Setting Families up for Success
Working with families to help an older adult identify how they want to spend their final years and communicate it to all involved parties.