Welcome to HEN - Transforming Conflict for our Health, Environment, Negotiation

HEN is published each month by Julia Menard:
Helping the Workplace Engage - One Tough Conversation at a Time!

HEN arrives at the full moon - 
because light transforms darkness.   

Full Moon: July 12, 2014 - Year 12, Issue 7

Radical Care

Traditionally, the summer issues of HEN are my time to replenish - where content is slim and rest time is large. Summer is the time to kick back, relax and reconnect with and nourish our bodies! It’s also the time that I only write one article for HEN. This is it!
What I want to offer this month is in keeping with the theme of bodies. I read a book recently by someone who did her PhD on examining cases of radical remissions in cancer. Kelly Turner’s research included a year-long trip around the world interviewing 50 holistic healers and 20 Radical Remission cancer survivors about their healing techniques. She also analyzed over 1,000 cases of radical (“spontaneous”) remissions. 
I like this book partly because it’s based on research. But I also like it because what she found boiled down to 9 basic recommendations for anyone who wants to take their health up a notch. These 9 suggestions are mostly common sense – yet seeing them together in one place can act as a bit of a checklist for any of us to review and spark new ideas for our own radical care!
Here are the 9 themes that came up time and again in Turner’s research:
  1. Eat lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, beans – not sugar, refined carbs, fat and salt. 
  2. Take control of your health – don’t accept what any one person says; it’s your body. 
  3. Follow your intuition – quiet your mind to hear that still, small voice more often. 
  4. Use supplements and herbs – to help support the other aspects of health you are strengthening. 
  5. Release suppressed emotions – allow all emotions to move through you. 
  6. Increase positive emotions – increase your gratitude and appreciations; it’s good for you! 
  7. Embrace social support – receiving and feeling the love from others helps us heal. 
  8. Deepen a connection to the spiritual – especially that sense of being connected to a divine, unconditional love; connect to that sense as a nourishing daily practice. 
  9. Have strong reasons for living – love life and make it a priority to do some aspect of what lights you up. 
If you are interested in purchasing the book for yourself (or as a gift for someone else) – you can find it here.
"You just need to keep changing until you come across the change that your body-mind-spirit was asking you to make."  
… An alternative healer from Kelly Turner’s research


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Julia Menard, B.A., Cert. Con. Res., P.C.C.
Leadership & Conflict Coaching, Mediating, & Training


“The most successful recoveries seem to be strongly associated with major mental, emotional, or physical behavioral changes among the people with the illness. What is major for one person, of course, may not be the same for another ... I know of one success where a woman left her family, took up a different religion, changed her clothing and diet, and moved to a different country. Maybe she needed all of those changes or maybe not, but overall it worked for her. I know of another person, a man, who simply stopped trying to outdo his father, and that worked for him.”  

… An alternative healer from Kelly Turner’s research

  • Are you avoiding any conversations you know you should have?
  • Did you know the longer you avoid conflict, the bigger it usually gets?
  • Have you noticed the more you put into your relationships at work, the easier your life gets?
If this is you, here are 3 ways you can take concrete action towards your desire for productive, effective, and healthy work relationships in 2014:


Change is hard. Change by yourself is harder! Changing a difficult relationship at work takes consistent effort. With so many priorities competing for our attention, it’s easy to let our work relationships take a back seat to putting out fires. Yet healthy relationships are key to productivity and even happiness at work! That’s where coaching comes in. Coaches are trained to listen to your situation, help you get clear on the action required, and hold you accountable to get your plan moving! I offer 3 easy coaching packages – click here to find out more.


Did you know managers spend an average of 50% of their day dealing with conflict? Yet most leaders receive minimal - or no – training on how to analyze and manage conflicts productively. So instead they spend their days putting out fires – dealing with the recurring complaints their hear from bickering direct reports or trying to manage up or with their peers. There is a better way! I’ll be starting new training for 2014. It's not location specific, so join up here.


Some people prefer the convenience of studying on their own. If that’s you, I’ve created TWO self-study courses for you! The first one – Making Tough Conversations Great comes in 10 easy to read modules where you learn the Tough Conversations systems with actionable, practical steps. This e-course also comes with a free personalized one-on-one telephone coaching session with me – valid for up to 10 weeks after registering for the self-study course. To find out more, click here.
You can also sign up for a second course I collaborated on with colleague, Judy Zehr – a psychotherapist and expert in neuroscience, emotional regulation, and mindfulness. Together we’ve created a value-packed self-study program designed to help you keep your cool in hot conversations. A must for anyone who has to face stressful conversations. Click here to find out more.


Marla Sloan and Clare Sprowell have crafted a beautiful looking and elegantly working process to help people engage conflict kinaesthetically! This “Mediator in a Box" is a tool people can use to practice having those difficult conversations. It was originally designed to help two people resolve their own conflicts together and has been tested to do just that.

If you are curious about what they are offering, you can check out Mediator in a Box

I’d love to hear if you buy it and what you think!
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