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Boston College

Communicating to Resolve Conflict


Working with others can lead to conflict. Maybe you find it difficult to get along with a specific co-worker. Maybe your team struggles to get past differences of opinion. And maybe a colleague reacts defensively to performance feedback, change, or stress. While you can’t avoid all work conflicts, you can change the way you handle the conflict. Jay Sullivan will lead a dynamic session on October 28th to address these issues.

Attendees will learn to discuss difficult issues in one-to-one interactions, improve conflict-resolution skills, and relate more successfully with colleagues.

After participating, they will:

  • Increase confidence and competence in communicating direct, constructive messages
  • Understand the impact of Personal Communication Styles on workplace interactions
  • Communicate with a more effective manner
  • Ask questions and listen for key insights to open the lines of communication
  • Use problem-solving formats to resolve disagreements
  • Strategize alternative approaches for specific employees
  • Develop more productive work relationships with your colleagues
  • Jay Sullivan

    Jay Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Exec-Comm, and leads the firm’s Law Firm Group. He is an award-winning author and columnist, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center and Fordham University School of Law. His book, Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond, was released by John Wiley & Sons in 2016, and has since been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian.  As a contributing writer for, Jay brings relevant and timely advice on enhancing one’s communication skills to the business community.

    Whether working with groups or in one-on-one coaching arrangements Jay helps professionals have greater impact by teaching them to focus on the needs of their audiences. Jay works closely with the learning and development professionals at many global law firms and financial services firms to customize communication skills solutions.

    Jay joined Exec-Comm after nine years as a practicing attorney. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. That year, Jay was named among the first class of Skadden Fellows by the Skadden Foundation. As a Skadden Fellow, Jay acted as in-house legal counsel at Covenant House, a crisis shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers. Following his Fellowship, Jay spent seven years practicing insurance law on behalf of Lloyds of London.

    After graduating from Boston College in 1984, Jay spent two years in the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps, teaching English. His book about that experience, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, was named the 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association. Jay was a featured columnist on communication skills for the New York Law Journal, and has been published in Readers Digest, Catholic Digest, Parents Magazine, The Golfer, and The New York Times.

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