Conflict Archives - jennwhitmer.com

Aug 15, 2022

Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]

Aug 8, 2022

You’re pool-side, slathering sunscreen on a kid who just wants to get into the water, and that slack ping on your phone tickles your ears. Resentment, guilt, insecurity all flood your chest. What should you do? Here’s the goal: Stop shoulding on yourself. So I’m not gonna tell you what you should do. But I […]

Aug 3, 2022

The glass text alert dinged, and I opened the preview at my kitchen table. I just dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head.  The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter who confirmed — it […]

Jul 1, 2022

It’s been a week, friends. It’s been a week. Congressional hearing bombshells, Supreme Court rulings, and a host of other issues have nearly everyone I’ve talked to off-kilter (at best). Today I was having lunch with a new friend at a delicious Mexican place with straws too big for the glasses. I, of course, got […]

May 20, 2022

Hi, I’m Jenn, and I’m a recovering conflict avoider…who now helps people solve conflict.  Raise your hand if you would like to run the other way when there’s conflict. Or maybe you’re the one who goes into solution-mode and policies. Possibly you are the one ready to fight?? For most of us, the idea that […]

May 7, 2022

I saw a room full of knitted brows, tightened shoulders, wringing hands, and twitchy eyes. I stood in the front of this church fellowship hall and felt the burden of division and pain. In the context of two years of so much grief, I knew this workshop on the topic of differences and conflict would […]

Mar 7, 2022

My heart started racing and my eyes grew larger as the organizers of my TEDx event told us they had to cancel the full event and create a hybrid event. No longer was the full event in person, and the speakers would have to come to Canada to record two weeks before. When’s the last […]

Aug 3, 2021

What would it look like for you if you could manage conflicts and feel confident as a leader? Imagine if there was a way to get there without all the miscommunication and your own fears getting in the way. What would that look like? What would you say? What questions do you ask? And how […]

Mar 29, 2021

Do you get stuck in imposter syndrome in your leadership? Are you a Professor who’s trying to be out front all the time because someone told you that’s what leaders do? Or are you the Connector who’s focusing on the numbers when really you want to work with the people? Maybe you’re the Natural who’s […]

Oct 18, 2020

I sat on the bumper of my van in the parking garage, angry and sobbing after a terrible meeting. That was the moment I realized — it was all over. I said to my friend and colleague: “I don’t fit in the culture anymore. He’s going to fire me.” Dana said, “If you don’t fit […]

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