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UW-Madison alum Morris-Jones authors, ‘The Power of Difference’

July 14, 2016

UW-Madison alumna Dana Morris-Jones is the author of a recently released book titled, “The Power of Difference: From Conflict to Collaboration in Five Steps.”

According to preview materials, this publication “provides a comprehensive roadmap for anyone who works in an organization and struggles with the frustration of unresolved conflict that is often the source of work disruption and disengagement. The pragmatic five-step model the book is based on draws on more than 40 years of knowledge and experience in organization development, social psychology, and conflict resolution, and brings together both time-tested and relatively new theoretical bases for processes to resolve organizational differences constructively.”

The Power of DifferenceThe preview continues: “Real case illustrations make it understandable and user friendly. The model and accompanying skill-building activities provide a toolbox for OD and HR professionals, coaches, counselors, leaders and managers who assist and guide others to resolve organizational differences.”

Morris-Jones earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the School of Education in 1978.

She says she is convinced that human beings have the capability to resolve their differences constructively, and that our well being depends on it. Her background in counseling psychology, extensive training in group dynamics and organizational behavior, certification as a mediator, and decades of consulting to organizations, has contributed to that belief.

Morris-Jones spent her career building on these foundations to help leaders, managers and members of organizations build consensus and achieve alignment to move their organizations forward. Teaching graduate students and coaching leaders has further solidified her approach to helping others develop the skills needed to make differences the basis for productive outcomes.

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