Conflict Management

When handling conflict, keep in mind the basic do's and don'ts of conflict management.

DO's

  • Help parties avoid the factors that trigger conflict

  • Establish interaction guidelines and avoid an imbalance of power

  • Help the parties find ways to cope with the conflict

  • Identify underlying needs and eliminate underlying issues

  • Treat the conflict as a mutual problem

  • Stress common goals and mutual interdependence

  • Think creatively about solutions

  • Help parties identify their own needs and communicate them openly, honestly and accurately

  • Be open about goals and positions, and communicate them from the start

  • Empathize with and try to understand the other party's positionavoid snap judgments as ideas are presented.

  • Have supporting data at the ready

  • Stay flexible

  • Save the most difficult issues for last

  • Threaten, harass, or cause inconvenience to the other party

  • Define the conflict as a win-lose situation

  • Pursue individual goals or hidden agendas

  • Try to dominate and force the other party into submission

  • Use inaccurate or misleading language or over-emphasize your position in the opening offer

  • Deliberately avoid empathy and understanding of the other's positions

  • Try to increase power by emphasizing independence or the other party's greater dependence

  • Try to arrange contacts based on power relationships

  • Lose control of your emotions

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