Conflict

Showdown at Big Sky

How do you handle conflict? Boldly or directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach?


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Conflict is a part of our lives and we have choices when such an issue arises. There are so many ways to deal with it.

We can either accommodate, compete, collaborate, compete, compromise, or absolutely avoid the situation all together.

I took a test on conflict management test to see where I rated.

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I have to admit, though, that I kind of knew the outcome before I took the test. Right in the middle. The test compared me to a fox.

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Compromising. You tend to express about average assertiveness and cooperation. Some of your associates may think of you as a fox because of your ability to make trade offs to accomplish what you want by helping the other person gain what he/she wants.

I don’t like strife and arguments. I think it causes far too much stress and that is something I’d rather avoid. So, I would rather reach a compromise because I do care about what the other person has to say while respecting their beliefs. Even if I don’t agree with it.

I’m reminded of the quote by Voltaire: “Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.”

If you would like to take the short questionnaire to see where you rank in dealing with conflict, the link is right here.

While I will stand up for what I believe, I do believe that hearing all sides of a point of view to be vital in keeping peace and harmony. Sounds corny, I know. However, we are only on this blue-green marble for a short amount of time. Life is too short to live in discord.

Have a great Tuesday and much love.

~S. Reed

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