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Turn Enemies Into Allies
The Art of Peace in the Workplace (Conflict Resolution for Leaders, Managers, and Anyone Stuck in the Middle)
Judy Ringer
ISBN: 9781632651549
Foreword by James Warda
Book (Paperback)
Career Press
5 1/4 x 8 1/2
224 pages
15-20 illustrations
May 1, 2019


“Ringer's blend of conflict resolution approaches with aikido practices enriches and deepens our understanding of human interaction. I see things I've been teaching for decades in a new light, and am grateful for the wisdom she so generously shares.” —Sheila Heen, Co-author of Difficult Conversations and Thanks for the Feedback

“Every workplace sees conflict from time to time. How you handle it, what you do with it, is what counts. Judy Ringer has a unique approach to conflict resolution, stemming from her experience as an expert in the martial art of aikido. In this book, you'll find clear-cut advice on how to handle workplace conflict from a place of positive energy.” —Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive

"An essential addition to the conflict resolution toolkit." --Marshall Goldsmith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Triggers

“Judy is a master at helping people to transform conflict into powerful relationships. Her very useful guide will provide the tools to change intractable situations into high-level teamwork and unimaginable possibilities. Let Judy teach you to dance on the ever- shifting carpet of relationships.” —Thomas Crum, author of Three Deep Breaths, Journey to Center, and The Magic of Conflict

“In a time when conflict potential seems to be on the rise in all aspects of our life, this is a practical guide to redirecting negative conflict energies into a positive and harmonious outcome.” - Get Abstract

“An essential addition to the conflict resolution toolkit.” —Marshall Goldsmith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Triggers

In today’s workplace, managers, leaders, and HR professionals often believe they don’t have the time to help employees navigate conflict. More often than not, however, it takes more time not to address conflict than to constructively intervene. But before you can successfully guide others in managing disagreements, you must be able to manage yourself--your mindset, presence, and behaviors.

Turn Enemies into Allies offers a way of working with clashing employees that is deliberate and systematic--one that draws on the author's expertise in conflict and communication skill-building and a decades-long practice in mind-body principles from the martial art aikido.

Following the author’s step-by-step guide, you will:

  • Acquire the skill and confidence to coach conflicting employees back to a professional, effective working relationship, while simultaneously changing their lives for the better.
  • Restore control and peace of mind to the workplace.
  • Increase your leadership presence.

Judy Ringer is the founder of Power & Presence Training, and the author of Unlikely Teachers. An international speaker, coach, and seminar leader, and third-degree black belt in aikido, Judy brings to life essential conflict skills such as self-management under pressure and appreciation of other viewpoints. Clients include the National Institutes of Health, the Chicago Federal Executive Board, GE, Sony Corp., Honda, and Frito-Lay. Judy was born and raised in the Chicago area and now lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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