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Managing Conflict Resolution Effectively A business can’t be successful if it is full of conflict. Animosity will mean an atmosphere of distrust and a decrease in productivity. You can really give your business a leg up when you resolve any conflicts that arise quickly. Each conflict is different, but the way to solve them is the same. First you need to set the scene for the negotiations to happen. There needs to be a sense of mutual respect and nice behavior for people to be able to open up to new ideas. You need to make sure the discussion is focused on the actual problem and isn’t focused on the individuals as people. You need to show that you are listening carefully to each person’s interests. Shutting down someone’s idea without first considering it will make them feel like they don’t have an ally and shut down. You need to understand people and they need to feel heard, and the best way to do both is by rephrasing what you are hearing. You need a lot of information in order to reach a solution. The position a person is taking is often on the surface of some much deeper desire or need. You won’t be able to do this if you aren’t being objective and putting yourself in their shoes. You will run into problems if you try to solve too many issues at once. Be concise and simple. If you show that you can empathize with each side of the conflict, things will go much smoother. People will get defensive if they are met with sentences starting with “you” too often. Instead, try starting sentences with “I” to show that you are thinking about your actions instead of someone else’s. Don’t always assume what someone is feeling, instead try to clarify with them to see how they are really feeling.
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Next you need to make sure everyone is on the same page in regards to what the problem is. You are never going to resolve anything if no one is agreeing on what the problem is. It is a very important step in conflict resolution to show that everyone knows what the problem is and everyone is essentially working towards the same end goal. You can help everyone feel like part of the solution if you have a brainstorming session. Everyone should feel included, so gather as many ideas as you can at the beginning. This means that you aren’t going to get rid of any ideas, just keep adding more. Don’t stop to evaluate any of them, just keep adding more. People will stop thinking about new ideas if you stop too long on one. Someone should make the list of ideas and then someone else should edit them. You should gather as much input as you can get. Even if an idea is silly, it may spark the inspiration that triggers the real solution. Once ideas are gathered and people have said everything they need to, a solution can be met. Making sure everyone feels safe will go a long way to reaching a solution.