Workplace Section Teleseminar – August 31, 2015 Announcement 
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Please join the ACR Workplace Section’s Conflict Coaching Practice Area
for our next 60-minute teleseminar on:
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST (9:00 a.m. PST)
BRIDGE LINE NUMBER: 1-712-832-8300, PIN 2545568 (not toll-free)
Curiosity in Conflict
 As organizations transition from the Industrial Era to the Information Era, the value of relationships becomes clearer.  Employees need to focus on the tasks at hand and also build relationships to support collaboration, innovation and understanding if they are to be effective in their jobs.  If they are to understand the perspectives of each other and create more effective relationships, they need to be curious in conversations, seeking to test assumptions and gain clarity.  No longer can one afford to avoid understanding the perspectives of others just because they may not agree with them.  Too frequently such avoidance leads to confusion and conflict.  Using curiosity, employees can stay in conversation, even when disagreement and conflict are possible.  No longer do employees need to fear they will say things they later regret or retreat into silence, surrendering their power in the situation.  Neuroscience now supports the value of curiosity in building relationships, even when in conflict.
On this call, mother-daughter team Kathy Taberner and Kirsten Taberner Siggins will explore the role that curiosity can play in helping anyone be in conflict and be comfortable in that place.  They will discuss how coaches and mediators can support employees in understanding how to co-create a relationship in conflict using curiosity to gain respect for the perspectives of others, and be empathetic in their responses. They will also share what they believe to be the ‘curiosity skills’ needed to communicate effectively, to design actions for moving forward beyond conflict.
A former occupational therapist with a master’s degree in leadership and a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, Kathy Taberner has been a facilitator/trainer and coach in leadership development for the past ten years.  After recognizing how crucial curiosity was to understanding others and building relationships, she and her daughter, Kirsten Taberner Siggins, co-founded the Institute of Curiosity, a coaching and training organization that helps individuals learn and apply the skills of curiosity to their personal and professional relationships. Kathy lives in the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver with her husband.
Kirsten Taberner Siggins is a certified executive coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation, with experience in the business world and the entertainment industry (Warner Music London, American Idol, and AOL RED, as well as producing events, photo shoots, and commercials). Regardless of industry or context, Kirsten believes curiosity is essential to personal success, growth, innovation, health, and happiness. Kirsten lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children
PLEASE NOTE:  Advanced Practitioners (ACR) who attend this teleseminar in its entirety, qualify for one hour credit.  If you are an AP and wish to apply for a CEU for this teleseminar, you are required to be on the full call to obtain the passwords provided by the facilitator at the beginning and end. The certificate will not be given to those who join the call late or leave early and miss one or both the passwords. After the call, please send passwords for this call to Patty Stiles at

If you plan to attend, please arrive on time and mute your phones (*6) once you join the call.  If possible, please call from a land line. Thank you.
To join ACR’s Conflict Coaching Practice Area and for further information on this Workplace Section group, please contact Tri-Chair Cinnie Noble (
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