Record crowd attends March Lunch ‘n Learn series

BY KATHRYN SWANJ-C CORRESPONDENT
Record crowd attends March Lunch ‘n Learn series

When PDBC Coordinator Cindy Helmer welcomed guests to the March 27th Lunch ‘n Learn series, she announced a record-breaking 128 attendees which included 19 first-timers. The event was sponsored by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce and the Osage Nation Attorney General’s office.

These bi-monthly ‘Food for Thought’ events provide dynamic and energetic programs geared towards professional development.

Strategy Center trainers Tonya Foreman and Tara Gotwalt provided valuable information and tips on conflict resolution.

“Conflict is something we deal with every single day,” said Foreman. “Today, we are bringing a new way at looking at conflict. Consider it an opportunity to have a learning moment vs. anger.

“Conflict arises because of the unknown,” interjected Gotwalt. “In reality, conflict can provide an opportunity for growth, impact communication, improve the quality and end-result of a meeting, and energize individuals involved by drawing them out of their comfort zone. Conflict also provides an opportunity for negotiation.”

Gotwalt asked for input from the attendees. What she discovered was conflict can result from the lack of communication, trust, respect, manners, and even back-stabbing. Resolution of these types of issues can be resolved using the tools Gotwalt and Foreman provided during the Lunch ‘n Learn meeting.

In conclusion, Gotwalt said, “Conflicts are a natural part of the workplace. The key is to ensure conflict has productive outcomes, such as an increased understanding of one other and improved teamwork.”

To learn more about the Lunch ‘n Learn bi-monthly series or to sponsor an upcoming session, contact Cindy Helmer at @ chelmer@tctc.org or 918-287-3357.