BIFF at Work
Your Guide to Difficult Workplace Communication
BIFF Conflict Communication Series
Published by: High Conflict Institute Press
Imprint: Unhooked Books
BIFF® is a Game Changer for Communicating with High Conflict People
Have you received an email that made your heart beat faster? We all know we're not supposed to respond right away, but how you respond will either increase or decrease the hostility and conflict. Hostile and undermining emails, letters, texts and conversations can drain inordinate amounts of time, emotional energy and expense in the workplace. For over a dozen years, the BIFF method of communicating has helped thousands of people calm conflicts and create clear communication in response to misinformation, blame, and unnecessary anger in writing or in-person.
BIFF (Brief, Informative, Friendly, Firm) is a simple, practical way to respond to nasty emails. It can help you get the communication outcomes you want by diffusing tension, containing conflict, and establishing professional boundaries.
This second book in the BIFF Conflict Communication Series focuses exclusively on workplace conflicts—internal and external, with instructions in how to use the four-step BIFF method with numerous examples of what works and what does not work to demonstrate potential pitfalls. It also includes tips on how to coach co-workers and others on writing effective BIFF responses to customers, clients, employees and managers—instead of becoming consumed in unhealthy back-and-forth wars. Using BIFF with toxic teammates, workplace bullies, and with threatening customers and clients can reduce risk of lawsuits and complaints and make everyone feel more confident in workplace relationships.
Use BIFF to lower your blood pressure, turn down the conflict flame, and restore your confidence.
Part 1 : Understanding High Conflict Behaviors
Chapter 1: Blamespeak
Chapter 2: Identifying High Conflict Behaviors with the WEB Method
Chapter 3: Writing a BIFF Response Using EAR and Proposals
Chapter 4: What to Avoid
Chapter 5: How to Check Yourself
Part 2 : Successfully Managing Internal High Conflict Issues
Chapter 6: Navigating Challenging Internal Work Relationships
Chapter 7: Toxic Teammates
Chapter 8: Workplace Bullies
Chapter 9: Hiring and Firing
Chapter 10: Creating Anti-Conflict Internal Culture – Toolkit
Part 3 : Successfully Managing External High Conflict Issues
Chapter 11: Navigating Challenging Customer, Client, & Board Member Relationships
Chapter 12: Customer Service
Chapter 13: Toxic Board Dynamics
Chapter 14: BIFF as a Risk Reducer: Lawsuits, Complaints, and Reputation
Chapter 15: Creating Anti-Conflict External Culture - Toolkit
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