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For Everyone at Harvard


The Ombuds team provides highly interactive trainings with custom-designed exercises, case studies and presentations.  Topics include Negotiation Skills, Managing Conflicts Effectively, How to Have a Difficult Conversation and Best Practices for Authorship.  Other topics are available upon request. 

Self-Help Handouts

Authorship – Recommended Best Practices for Determining Authorship

Familiarize yourself with the HMS Authorship Guidelines and encourage the same of your colleagues and collaborators. If you oversee a lab, provide authorship guidelines to all newcomers to the lab and a description of the lab’s usual ways of deciding authorship and authorship order.

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Active Listening Techniques

Familiarize yourself with tools to use when listening: Encourage, Clarify, Restate, Reflect, Summarize and Validate.

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Concerns About Bullying at Work

Concerns About Bullying at Work

Bullying at work is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of a person by one or more workers that takes the form of verbal abuse: conduct or behaviors that are threatening, intimidating, or humiliating; sabotage that prevents work from getting done; or some combination of the three.

(The Bully at Work, 2nd edition – Gary Namie, Ruth Namie)

Some bullying is done behind closed doors, some in meetings or in front of co-workers. Bullying can be both verbal and non-verbal. Bullies dominate, want control, and threaten and diminish the targeted individual. Bullying can be personally devastating to the targeted individual, causing serious health issues (stress, flare-up of auto-immune illness, lowered self esteem, depression). Bullies are both male and female and select both strong and weak members of their team as targets.

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Considerations When Preparing for a Challenging Conversation

Learn the six steps to navigate your way through a challenging conversation.

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Delivering Effective Feedback

Find out how to give effective feedback in four steps.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Responding When Your Behavior is Perceived as Offensive 

Understand how to respond when your behavior is perceived as offensive. 

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Elements of an Effective Apology

An apology is a powerful means of reconciliation and restoring trust.However, sometimes even well-intentioned apologies can exacerbate a conflict. It may be helpful to consider what elements to include in a statement of apology to make it most effective and constructive.

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Legal Referral Services

Find off-campus legal services (not an endorsement of services).

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Top 10 Dispute Resolutions Skills

With the help of our top 10 dispute resolution skills, you can cover all the bases the next time you are trying to bring a complex conflict to an end.

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Recommended Reading

Conflict Management

Beating the Workplace Bully: A Tactical Guide to Taking Charge. Curry, Lynne, New York: AMACOM/American Management Association, 2016. 

BIFF: Quick Responses to High-Conflict People, their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns. Eddy, Bill, LCSW, ESQ.2nd ed., Unhooked Books, LLC, 2011. 

The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job. Namie, Gary and Ruth Namie, PhD. 2nd ed., Sourcebooks, 2009. 

Conflict Management: A Communications Skills Approach. Borisoff, D. and D. Victor, 2nd. Edition, Pearson, 1997. 

Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution. Kriesberg, L. and B. Dayton, 5th Edition Rowman & Littlefield, 2016,  

Controlling the Costs of Conflict: How to Design a System for Your Organization. Slaikeu, K. and R. Hasson, Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst. Brinkman, Rick, and Rick Kirschner,3rd Revised edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2012.  

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Stone, Douglas, Bruce Patton and Sheila. Heen (with foreword by: R. Fisher), 10th Anniversary Edition. Penguin Books, 2010.  

The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution: Preserving Relationships at Work, at Home, and in the Community. Weeks, D., Tarcher Perigee. 1994. 

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. Fisher, R., W. Ury, and B. Patton; 3rd Edition Penguin Books, 2011. 

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling. Schein, Edgar H., San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2014. Print. 

Interactive Conflict Resolution (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution). R. Fisher, Syracuse University Press, 1997. 

The Keys to Conflict Resolution: Proven Methods for Resolving Disputes Voluntarily. Kheel, T. and W. Lurie (Introduction); Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001. 

The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict. Moore, C., Jossey-Bass, 4th Edition, 2014,

People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts. Bolton, R., Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1979.  

The Promise of Mediation: Responding to Conflict Through Empowerment and Recognition. Bush, R. Baruch and J. Folger; Jossey-Bass, 2005,  

When Push Comes to Shove: A Practical Guide to Mediating Disputes. Slaikeu, K., Jossey-Bass, 1996.


Everyday Negotiation: Navigating the Hidden Agendas in Bargaining. Kolb, D and J. Miller, Jossey-Bass, 2003. 

Gender and the Shadow Negotiation. Kolb, D., CGO Insights, 1998. 

Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People. Ury, W., Bantam Books, 1991.  

Getting to Yes. Fisher, R. and W. Ury, Penguin Press, 1981. 

Negotiating at Work: Turn Small Wins into Big Gains. Kolb, D. and J. Porter; Jossey-Bass, 2015. 

Negotiating Power: Getting and Using Influence. Fisher,n R., 27 American Behavioral Science 149, 150-64, 1983.   

Negotiating with Emotion: High-Stakes Deal Making is Fraught With Feeling: Should We Really Ignore That?”. Leary, K., J. Pillemer, and M. Wheeler; Harvard Business Review, 2013 

Staying with No. Weeks H., Harvard Management Communication Letter, 2004 

“When David Meets Goliath: Dealing with Power Differentials in Negotiations”. Adler, R. and E. Silverstein, 5 Harvard Law Review 1-112, 2000,