Need some advice about how to deal with a conflict?
Need an expert's perspective? Megan's insightful and in-depth systemic analysis of a conflicted situation also includes a written report, if required.
Need to host a community / organizational meeting or forum? Let Megan make sure it all goes smoothly and efficiently.
Need a mediator? Megan has a wealth of diverse experience in the mediation field.
Interactive workshops and dynamic presentations are available on a broad range of topics including... conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, cross-cultural conflict and communication, conflict on family farms, reconciliation, social change, and restorative justice.
And/or crisis management for non-profit organizations.
Dr. McKenzie developed and facilitated a conflict resolution workshop for my Interpersonal Communications course at Red River College. The workshop was professionally facilitated and exceptionally well-received by the students. The numerous hands-on activities maintained student engagement while strengthen their conflict resolution skills. I look forward to working with Dr. McKenzie again in the future so I can continue to offer my students this high-quality educational opportunity.
Praise for Megan's co-written book 'Farming's In-Law Factor'... "At last, a publication that addresses the ‘culture’ of agriculture and the often unspoken challenges faced when family, farm and business cultures intertwine and where tradition meets new ideas. Enriched with raw experience and real stories, while treated with grace and a dash of humour, Elaine and Megan have carved out a space for the whole family, recognizing the role of in-laws and how the ‘family unit’ cannot move forward without considering Farming’s In-Law Factor."
"Our organization was in a rapidly deteriorating state, where our funding seemed inadequate to cover costs, and all our staff were stretched to the limit and burning out. We were struggling to figure out what the root causes were and recognized that we needed a professional outside perspective on the situation. We hired Dr. McKenzie as our consultant, and were amazed at the speed in which she examined all aspects of our agency, and put together a clear and concise report, which included some hard but accurate recommendations. Her timely work for us actually saved our organization from collapse."
Praise for Megan's co-written book 'Farming's In-Law Factor'... "Elaine Froese and Megan McKenzie provide common sense tools and techniques to aid families as they “figure out” what to do with the farm. This book is a must read for farm families that are in and plan to continue the farm family business."
Dr. Megan McKenzie is a well-trained conflict analyst, facilitator, and solution-finder. She brings insight gained from years of transforming diverse conflicts into opportunities for new beginnings. As an educator, she provides engaging and informative learning opportunities.
Megan has worked and volunteered in the areas of conflict resolution, democracy-building, and reconciliation on five continents over the past 15 years. She has worked as a conflict consultant for non-profit organizations, community groups, and the Government of Canada. She has taught conflict resolution at the University of Winnipeg/Menno Simons College and Red River College. Megan has a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin and mediation training from Mediation Services, Winnipeg.
Megan served as an election observer in DR Congo in 2006. She has provided international accompaniment to community and human right workers in the Middle East and Colombia and worked at a reconciliation centre in Ireland. She has volunteered at a multicultural peace camp for inner-city youth in Winnipeg. She has also provided leadership for local social service organizations.
Megan is currently the President of the Rural Roots Food Cooperative in Boissevain, Manitoba. In 2014, Megan returned to her farm roots and released a book, with Farm Consultant Elaine Froese, entitled Farming’s In-law Factor: How to have more harmony and less conflict on family farms.
You’ll gain insights into how family systems work . The culture of agriculture section is a great primer for urban folks or new farm brides from the city who have not grown up waving to strangers they pass on the road!
The book is packed with helpful hints on what the daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and son-in-law needs . There are toolboxes that you can use immediately to find out what’s working and what is not working for your farm business partners, who also happen to be family.
Certified coach Elaine Froese has spent over a decade coaching farm families and her common sense practical approach will empower you to create better conflict resolution on your farm. Co-author , Dr. Megan Mckenzie shares her tools for building bridges and exploring constructive conflict behaviours.
The book is peppered with cartoons and stories to make it a fun read as well as informative. The bibliography and index will be helpful to agriculture colleges or your own research for hitting the section you need most.
When things don’t work out you can find guidance in the book’s chapter that deals with what might be “necessary endings.”
Ultimately, Farming’s In-Law Factor is a resource for agricultural families that is unique and very needed!