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2021 ACEC Virginia Annual Conference

2021 ACEC Virginia Annual Conference

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:00 PM - Friday, June 18, 2021 12:00 PM (EDT)


Join us for the 2021 ACEC Virginia Annual Conference in beautiful Virginia Beach.

Educational Session with Bud Wrenn

Managing Conflict Effectively – Conflict is not a bad thing – when it’s made to be healthy. Conflict simply has to do with the existence of differences of opinion. Conflict is healthy when those differences can be discussed and debated without participants holding back their thoughts, fearing retribution, worrying about getting their feelings hurt, or hurting others’ feelings. Healthy conflict is so important, that teams simply do not develop well in its absence. Healthy conflict can be defined as ‘passionate, respectful, unfiltered debate around issues that really matter’. Trust helps create the environment for healthy conflict. In a cyclical kind of way, the regular occurrence of healthy conflict and the practice that it brings in collaborating actually enhances trust. Teams can really be equipped to flourish when team members know and understand each others’ ‘conflict modes’.

In this seminar on Managing Conflict Effectively, participants will explore the gamut of team and individual conflict, from understanding and preventing the devastating impact of ‘water cooler conversations’ and ‘after-meetings’, to learning how leaders can best respond when subordinates elevate their conflict issues to their leaders. The seminar will also deal with how to initiate and handle difficult conversations around performance and behavior, as well as high stakes business-related issues. Perhaps most importantly, in a pre-seminar assessment, the participants will take the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Inventory to gain an understanding of their own personal conflict modes. We will use the assessment results, along with other relevant material, to promote an understanding of how team members with differing conflict modes can most effectively interact and collaborate.

Bud Wrenn is the principal of Pinnacle Consulting and Coaching Group, a management consulting firm specializing organizational and team health. He serves clients in the healthcare, governmental, technology, engineering and faith-based sectors. Bud has also spent the past ten years as a Consulting Partner with the Table Group, the consulting firm of Patrick Lencioni, the author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and other business best-seller.

Bud has had lengthy tenures in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. During a ten-year career with AT&T, he held various supervisory and mid-level management positions, and served as the CFO for the government contracting and manufacturing arm of the company.

Bud holds MBA and D. Min. degrees. He and wife Tammy have three children and two grandchildren.

Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites - Hotel Information

2800 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia

ACEC Virginia Conference Rate: $199 per night

*Last day to book with the conference rate is Sunday, May 23, 2021

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Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites
2800 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 United States
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Marchelle Albertson
(804) 447-2171
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