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The Lesson of the Circle. Building Alliances Through Relationship - What Goes Around Comes Around. The Lesson of the Willow. Consider this lesson, from “Verbal Judo” by Dr. George Thompson. In judo, as in life - Flexibility Yields Strength, and Rigidity Yields Weakness

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The lesson of the circle

The Lesson of the Circle

Building Alliances Through Relationship - What Goes Around Comes Around...


The lesson of the willow
The Lesson of the Willow

  • Consider this lesson, from “Verbal Judo” by Dr. George Thompson.

  • In judo, as in life -

    • Flexibility Yields Strength, and

    • Rigidity Yields Weakness

  • This ancient law of nature is also a basic law of relationship.


Relationship examples
Relationship Examples?

  • Being out of control makes one weak and vulnerable to someone who is calm.

  • Tension makes us egotistical and self-centered. It causes us to react in rigid, inflexible ways.

  • By learning to put some distance between you and your feelings, we become more open and responsive.


What is the secret of life
What is the Secret of Life?

  • If there really is a secret, it might be working to enhance the quality of of ourrelationships, because -

  • People are about relationships, one to another...


Putting a value on valuing relationship
Putting a Value on Valuing Relationship?

  • Creates open, trusting and adaptive organizations.

  • Develops teamwork, participation and spirit.

  • Honors and benefits from diversity.

  • Facilitates organizational renewal.

  • Helps to build community and job ownership.


The language of persuasion
The Language of Persuasion

  • Definition:

    • To reconstruct or alter the way someone sees something.

    • To change one’s view of reality.


The language of persuasion1
The Language of Persuasion

  • Mediation is a key ingredient in helping one to see differently.

  • Mediation demands the use of concretelanguage to make order out of disorder.


The goals of persuasion
The Goals of Persuasion

  • We often need to convince others to do things they don’t want to do.


The goals of persuasion con t
The Goals of Persuasion, con’t.

  • Direct attempts to alter behavior usually meet resistance.


The goals of persuasion con t1
The Goals of Persuasion, con’t.

  • Learn what is in the other’s bestinterest, and persuade from that perspective, rather than your own.


The goals of persuasion con t2
The Goals of Persuasion, con’t.

  • Never substitute personal values for professional or ethical ones.


The lesson of the circle teaches us
The Lesson of the Circle Teaches Us...

  • Eternity

  • Resilience

  • More than one way

  • Grappling


There is no life without relating
There is no Life Without Relating -

  • Relationship is the process of continual flow and change.

  • Remember the power of synergy:

    • The combined action of two or more substances or agencies to achieve an effect greater than that of which each is individually capable...


Reference Material

J. Mark Warren Texas Association of Counties

Sgt. Sam Culpepper Texas Department of Public SafetyTraining Academy


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