If you lead or manage people, processes or projects, you have experienced workplace conflict. After all, where there are people, there is conflict. And where there is conflict, there is a choice.

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In Peace in the Workplace: Transforming Conflict Into Collaboration, international speaker, peace-building trainer and mediator Robyn Short provides insight and guidance to help leaders and organizations understand that conflict does not equal inevitable negativity or disruption. Short explores the science behind conflict and human interaction to help leaders develop strategies to navigate disagreements, manage and celebrate differences and, ultimately, cultivate a working environment that encourages, enables and empowers employees to thrive and pursue a life of security, dignity and peace.

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This book will help you:

  • Educate and transform your leadership team so they help bring forth the best in others
  • Discover how to harness the benefits of workplace conflict
  • Foster human-to-human connectivity by identifying and managing destructive behavior
  • Optimize employee engagement by celebrating differences and ensuring every employee feels valued

Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is navigating conflict nonviolently while preserving and respecting the dignity of employees. This book will illuminate pathways to peace in your workplace and inspire you to become an agent of positive change.


“Peacemaking in the workplace? You bet. With the myriad conflicts we all have to deal with on a daily basis, we need the skills and abilities often associated with peacemaking. In a very practical manner, Robyn Short helps us understand these challenges and the necessary skills for dealing with them.”  —Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Global Negotiation Initiative, Harvard Negotiation Project

“What is it that we miss and search for in the places where we work? For most of us, it is the desire to be at peace; to be treated with dignity and respect; to be free to create, learn and grow; to be listened to; to participate in shaping the decisions that touch our lives; to collaborate and be cared for by our colleagues. Robyn Short has written an informative, practical and insightful guide to creating more peaceful workplaces, with useful chapters on emotions, communication, bullying and conflict resolution. A terrific read for those who want to make a difference.” —Kenneth Cloke, author of Resolving Conflicts at Work: 10 Strategies for Everyone on the Job (3rd Ed., 2011)

“When faced with conflict in the workplace we often choose less-than-effective responses, including avoidance, giving in, numbing out, and fighting back. These responses almost always amplify suffering of those involved. Peace in the Workplace consolidates practical wisdom from many disciplines. It offers us new choices that liberate us from self-defeating habits and moves us toward greater effectiveness and integrity.”  —Larry Dressler, Author of Standing in the Fire: Leading High-Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage

“Too many experts rush to solution too quickly. Just as a well-disciplined conflict resolution professional carefully unfolds the problem and gently explores the possible answers, Robyn Short addresses the inner workings of conflict and paints a landscape that opens the reader to understanding self and others.” —Joe L. “Joey” Cope, J.D., Executive Director of Duncum Center Solutions, Abilene Christian University