The Five Steps to Conflict Resolution

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The Five Steps to Conflict Resolution

Conflict Management

KVINC AUG 22, 2022 Post Comments

This article is a part two continuation from our previous All about Resilience and Conflict Resolution. In that article we spoke upon "Resilience". In this, we will talk about "Conflict Resolution".

Is there a correct way to handle conflict? What are the effects of poor conflict management? Conflict in the world might be inevitable, as people have different personalities, goals, and opinions.

Step 1: Identify the Source of the Conflict

The more information you have about the cause of the conflict, the more easily you can help to resolve it. To get the information you need, use a series of questions to identify the cause, like,

  • "When did you feel upset?"
  • "Do you see a relationship between that and this incident?"
  • "Hw did this incident begin?"
  • Step 2: Look Beyond the Incident

    Often, it is not the situation but the perspective on the situation that causes anger to fester and ultimately leads to a shouting match or other visible-and disruptive-evidence of a conflict.

    The source of the conflict might be a minor problem that occurred month before, but the level of stress has grown to he point where the two parties have begun attacking each other personally instead of addressing the real problem. In the calm of your office, you can get them to look beyond the triggering incident to see the real cause. Once again, probing questions will help like

  • "What do you think happened here?"
  • "When do you think the problem between you arose?"
  • Step 3: Request Solutions

    After getting each party's viewpoint on the conflict, the next step is to get each to identify how the situation could be changed. Again, question the parties to solicit their ideas:

  • "How can you make things better between you?"
  • As mediator, you have to be an active listener, aware of every verbal nuance, as well as a good reader of body language.

    Just listen. You want to get the disputants to stop fighting and start cooperating, and that means steering the discussion away from the finger pointing and toward ways of resolving the conflict.

    Step 4: Identify Solutions Both Disputants Can Support

    You are listening for the most acceptable course of action. Point out the merits of various ideas, not only from each other's perspectives, but in terms of the benefits to the organization. (For instance, you might point to the need for greater cooperation and collaboration to effectively address team issues and departmental problems.)

    Step 5: Agreement

    If it is acceptable, allow the two parties to shake hands and agree to one of the alternatives identified in Step 4. Some mediators go as far as to write up a contract in which actions and time frames are specified. However, it might be sufficient to meet with the individuals and have them answer these questions:

  • "What action plans will you both put in place to prevent conflicts from arising in the future?"
  • "What will you do if problems arise in the future?"

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    Vee Nelly ( Author )

    Vee is a poet and writer by heart from the West Indies. He has published several series of books. To name a few, "Visions of Prosetry, A King's Fall & Dark Haze" ... Continue Reading