Conflict Management, Negotiation & Politics

Step 1: Resources

Please review each of these resources thoroughly to assist you with completing your Action Worksheet

Step 2: Questions

Reflect on the Following:

Think about situation in your work where you have functional conflict and dysfunctional conflict

Reflect on the following:

Think of a situation in your work where conflict is having negative consequences.

How could you shift those to positive consequences?

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Step 3: Exercise

1. Create a SMART Goal

Think about an Action you can do right now to improve honest conversations and have functional conflict.

  1. Create a document for your projects or meeting ie including facts, spacefor alternative ideas, goals this sets up healthy debate about the different ideas based on facts it also creates a balance of power.
  2. Create a code of conduct (Rules) for heath debate at your meetings – Everyone is invited to share their ideas- There is no reprimand formal or informal for any ideas shared – One person is assigned the role of Devil’s Advocate.
SMART Goal Sheet

2. Create Meeting Agenda

Using the tips provided in the image. Design a meeting agenda that utilizes these tips. See the sample in the link below.

  1. What is the situation- background facts?
  2. What do you want to accomplish?
  3. How do we accomplish the goal?
  4. Round Table – List all names, everyone shares
  5. Devil’s Advocate – Pick attendees to play devil’s advocate
  6. Round Table Again – List all names
Meeting Agenda Sheet

Step 4: Summary

  • Ask employees to challenge you ( Start with a What Question)
  • Ask for input ( Start with a What Question)
  • Ask for questions and then wait 30 seconds.
  • Use level one listening
  • Be open to different personality styles ( Communication Preferences)
  • Remove fear of reprimand make it safe
  • Leaders go first
  • Create conversation rules
  • Recognize and praise people who will deliver bad news to you
  • Share knowledge
  • Ask for input
  • Make decisions based on objective data
  • Continually remind everyone that the competition is located outside of the organization
  • Focus on the facts – issues not personalities
  • Develop multiple alternatives
  • Rally around goals – what is best for organization?
  • Inject appropriate humor into process
  • Maintain balanced power structure – autocratic, strong and inclusive, weak (power vacuum)
  • Don’t force consensus

Step 5: Action Worksheet

Complete the Action Worksheet and submit a copy to your supervisor.

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