Three Simple Tips On Handling Workplace Conflict #hr #leadership

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Seriously, how we deal with others is the result of our unconscious inner dialogue.  Anxiety, a self induced dilemma is maximized when we exaggerate situations as being about us.

Developing assertiveness as oppose to aggression is important. You can disarm lie confrontation to move your objective forward in simple ways.

So what you can you do to avoid unconscious defaults and provide yourself more behavioral flexibility in the moments of truth that matter most?  Here are three suggestions that I have seen work well:

Identify your defaults. You will find them, and likely culprits will be behaviors such as interrupting, becoming aggressive or passive, taking ownership of ideas, micromanaging, and jumping too quickly to negative judgments of others.

Schedule high-conflict conversations – Do so before lunch, at the end of the day, or at the end of a tough week when your self-control is likely to be low? If an easy day has unexpectedly become difficult, consider shuffling your afternoon.

Read more via Lee Newman – Harvard Business Review.

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One comment on “Three Simple Tips On Handling Workplace Conflict #hr #leadership
  1. Jim Woods says:

    Reblogged this on Agile Business Coaching and commented:

    It goes without saying workplace conflict is expensive. Regardless of established parameters there are some events that are beyond our control. Or are they? There are people who engage in inane behavior despite one best behaviors. However, I have seldom seen an aberrant employee who could not be made better under the right leadership. Not management. No one wants to be managed. Keep that in mind when dismissing an employee. They are under immense stress. Be sure you are releasing them for the right reasons. Frequently dismissing an employee has more to do with his or her supervisor than the behavior of said employee. Jim


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