Crushing Conflicts to Boost Your Bottomline

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Relationships are at the core of everything we do. And when conflict arises in the workplace it can have a toll, not only on our emotional capacity, but also the bottomline results of the business. Studies show that conflict effects productivity, synergy, culture, and turnover. As the leader of a team, how do you avoid this? And how do you effectively manage conflict when you see it growing in your environment before it becomes detrimental? Listen in and learn from an expert in the field!

Join us for Women Leading the Way Radio as we interview Debra Dupree, PsyD Founder of Relationships-At-Work Consulting. With over 20 years of experience in leadership development, corporate training, and a doctorate degree in psychology she delivers lessons on the school of hard knocks and how to turn employees into great leaders. Debra will share with us her experience, techniques, and philosophy on how to implement and maximize business based strategies that will give new life to your business.

Attachment and Good Bosses Podcast on Radio Reflection

On June 5, 2015, “Radio Reflection” podcast host Stacie Patterson interviewed Dr. Debra Dupree on Attachment and Good Bosses. 

According to Debra Dupree, Ph.D. attachment theory has a lot to say about who will be a good boss.

Debra Dupree Discusses Attachment and Good Bosses

Good bosses are aware, is in tune with who they are as individuals, know what qualities they bring to their leadership role are in tune with those around them.  They are often described as good listeners, charismatic personable, motivational, self-aware and aware of others.  In contrast problematic supervisors are often very productive and driven to succeed.  Indeed their drive, ability to work long hours and focus on the bottom line may be the reason they are loved by corporations and their Boards of Directors.  Despite their bottom-line success bad bosses often lack “soft skills” and are considered pushy, self-centered, dismissive and someone who puts your own agenda ahead of everybody else.

Debra has learned that often good bosses were securely attached as children. However, even for people who were not securely attached or suffered trauma as children, they have the ability to develop the skills necessary to successfully lead others.  Failure to managers become good bosses may lead to burnout, lower profits and high staff turnover rates.  Leadership coaches and leadership psychotherapists can help managers increase their emotional intelligence, become more self-aware and be better bosses.

For employees who are managed by a challenging supervisor, Debra suggests asking these questions:

  • What can you do differently in order make do with the situation and improve upon the situation?
  • Why do some of these behaviors bother me?
  • What is it in my own background that is causing problems?

Debra recognizes that it is often challenging for employees to talk to their supervisors about their supervisor’s behavior but also believes that it is often worthwhile. When addressing her concerns with a supervisor, the employee may say things like:

  • When I experience this kind of behavior then this is how I’m impacted and then affects my ability to deliver what you asked me to do.
  • That affects my ability to deliver the quality of what I know you want from me.
  • How can I help you to help me to help you?
  • You are my boss. I do want to do the best I can do. But these behaviors are getting in my way.


  • Attachment and Loss by John Bowlby
  • Articles by Cindy Hazan and Phillip Shaver
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The Power of Connections: Emotional Intelligence at Work

Check Out Dr. Dupree’s interview with Michelle Bergquist of Connected Women of Influence on Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Women Lead Radio.


ESPN “Inside the Law” Radio Interview with Dr. Debra Dupree & CDFA Jo-Ann Little

On Tuesday, July 2, at 2:00 pm “Inside The Law” on ESPN 1700 AM interviewed JoAnn C Little of Triad Divorce Mediation along with Dr. Debra Dupree. They discussed how Triad Divorce Mediation was different from traditional methods of divorce and how important the psychological and social aspects of the brain affect negotiations within the context of divorce. It was an informative and inspiring interview.

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Attachment and Good Bosses…how to manage up!

I am excited to bring to you this podcast on Attachment and Good Bosses: Ep. 14.  This is brought to you by RadioReflection, hosted by Stacie Patterson, Esq.

Good bosses are aware, are in tune with who they are as individuals, know what qualities they bring to their leadership role, and are in tune with those around them. In contrast, and despite their bottom-line success, bad bosses often lack “soft skills” and are considered pushy, self-centered, dismissive when someone puts their own agenda ahead of everybody else. For employees who are managed by a challenging supervisor, listen and learn some tips for what can be done.


Dr. D…the 3D experience


The Dayton Chapter of Women of Teradata recently sponsored a webinar on Emotional Intelligence by Dr. Debra Dupree, Relationships at Work, Inc. on April 8, 2015.

This program was designed to educate and enhance awareness of participants on how to build Emotional Intelligence at home and at work.  We looked at the neuroscience behind behavior and how to manage emotions when working under pressure.  The relationship to managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines was explored so that participants know how to deliver their best, even in chaotic times.

What do we gain when we do this?  In the workplace, we can better manage relationships, become more adept in our social interactions, and know how we impact others with our emotions.  This leads to better performance, profitability and genuine happiness!

For those were unable to attend, or would like to listen to the presentation, here is a link to the recording and a PDF of the slides.  For a PDF of additional resources provided by Dr. D. following the web seminar, click here to contact her for more information.

Archived Webex (streaming recorded link, 58 minutes)