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Conflict is the result of clashes between incompatible attitudes, principles or goals. Its impact can be positive or negative. The cause of the conflict can be anything that makes some activity.

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Conflict Management

Conflict is the result of clashes between incompatible attitudes, principles or goals. Its impact can be positive or negative. The cause of the conflict can be anything that makes some activity. Parties can conflict about the goal of the activity, about means necessary to achieve a goal, about values and morale of the goal, about facts and conclusion, or even a style of reaching the goal.

Why conflicts appear? Conflict can appear because many reasons and motivation. It is in the human nature to observe, conclude and create attitudes. But we all do observations of our surroundings, making conclusions and building attitudes in different ways. Once people with different attitudes meet, they may have a different view to the same situation. Everybody is having his/her own opinion about resolution of some problem. In that situation conflicts appear as normal reaction to different attitudes. It is a natural reaction to different views and perspectives.

Conflict can have positive and negative sides. The positive side of the conflict can be better ideas produced. It can turn people to other approaches. Tension is stimulating interest and creativity. People in conflict can test and develop their capabilities. On the other side the conflict can have a negative impact too. Some people do not like conflict since it makes them upset or defeated. Conflict can increase distance between people. People can defend their stands, since they do not like to admit that other idea can be better. People can have a biased attitude, according to their own interests. It can bring distance instead of team development.

It is the truth that the conflict will occur in any group of people. Even a discussion between close friends about a hobby or a meal that they all like can be a cause for small conflict. Anyway, conflicts can be managed. Conflicts can build relationships. Conflict can also be a motivator for a change. Response to conflict should be an effort that will utilize positive impact of the conflict, diminish negative effects and bring the resolution of the conflict with the benefit to all parties. Since everyone can participate in the conflict, everybody can also give contribution to the management and resolution of the conflict.

First step of conflict management is the acceptance of the fact that conflict exists and that there are more or less different attitudes of involved parties. Acknowledgment of conflict existence can help us to analyze and understand the cause of the problem. It is very important to separate a problem from the person, since personalizing the problem can increase resistance and opposition between parties. Management of emotions is a critical part, since when emotions are shown strongly, people tend to personalize problems and accuse each other. Everybody might want to say his/her opinion, hence active listening can contribute to conflict resolution.

When you find yourself in the conflict, try to open effective discussion that will clarify the current situation. Try to be open to other's opinions. Develop ideas, your own and other's. Stay focused on reaching a resolution, instead of having endless arguing. Use positive ideas and transfer them into actions. Do not forget to close discussions and to summarise what has been agreed.

Remember: “Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.” Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics.

Laurus Nobilis has 11 years of experience in FMCG business. In 2007 he has started the http://www.biz-development.com web site dedicated to development of managerial skills. He also runs http://www.my-introspective.com a Personal Exploration and Development Guide.


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