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How to be more successful at conflict resolution
- a London UK management training course and Leadership development programme
called Skills with People?
How to resolve conflict and disagreement,
How to calm people down when they are aggressive or complaining,
How to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding.
Is this the right conflict resolution training course for you?
Yes, if any of the following sound like you;-
- Unresolved conflict gets in the way of you achieving our goals.
- You seem to have a lot of arguments.
- You'd like to improve your relationships at work and make them more harmonious and cooperative. But you hold back because you don't know how to go about it and I don't want to make matters worse.
- Your job is to make things happen. When people resist you feel that if you don't push hard nothing will happen, but sometimes this creates conflict even though that's not your intention.
- You're in a position to help resolve conflicts between individuals or departments, but you're not confident you know a professional way to go about it.
Meet the trainers - An introduction video to our conflict resolution skills training course (6:32 minutes)
What you'll take away from this conflict resolution training course for managers
- You'll have the understanding, skills and confidence to resolve conflict, manage difficulties and improve relationships at work.
- You'll be able to discuss difficult issues and promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding.
- In disputes you'll be able to reach win-win agreements.
- You'll be able to save money, increase productivity and reduce staff turnover.
- You'll be able to encourage better team-work, preventing disgruntled staff becoming angry.
- You'll be able to look after the public perception of your team, department, business or organisation.
A practical guide - How emotional intelligence can make you more successful at conflict resolution?
The role of emotional intelligence in conflict resolution
People become irrational when their emotions are aroused. We are more successful in life and at work if we are aware of, can admit, and can talk about feelings. However, this goes against the grain because many of us have got used to suppress feelings. Because our feelings can sometime be painful we learnt to protect ourselves (and others) by denying them with phrases like, "There, there, don't cry", "Pull yourself together", "Let's be rational - let's not get emotional". We learnt that if we express a bad feeling the worse we feel, so we learnt to stop expressing it so we can feel better.
But ignoring or suppressing emotions is a mistake. Bottling up feelings makes us tense, defensive, unreasonable, close-minded, rigid, inhibited and this often leads to conflict and anger. The more we are able to can admit and express feelings and let off steam the more we are able to be relaxed, reasonable, open-minded, flexible, uninhibited which can lead to a greater willingness to cooperate and look for more peacefull solutions. When we learn to talk about feelings in a safe way it enables us to connect better with others and recover the full use of our rational faculties. Empathy and assertiveness are the skills that help us do this.
This conflict resolution management coaching and leadership training course can teach you how to become really good at these managing conflict situations. Here is an example. The approach you'll learn on this course can be just as effective in the workplace, with friends and family. Conflict resolution is not easy. It helps if you have a clear understanding of the difficulties and pitfalls. Here's a way of thinking about it.
What goes wrong when there's conflict in a relationship at work?
When we sense that a relationship at work is not going well and we want to try to resolve the conflict, how can we tell where to begin? A practical way of approaching this is to think about the three separate but linked dimensions that are always present in a relationship, and do a quick health check on each:-
- One is the dimension of thinking. How rational and creative is it? In other words, how effectively are we thinking about and tackling the goals and problems we face together?
- Another is the emotional dimension, the way we feel. How much do we trust one-another, respect one-another and enjoy working together?
- The third is the dimension of connecting – in other words, how successfully are we communicating, how well do we understand one-another?
The links between the three dimensions are very strong – a change in any one of them immediately affects the other two. This idea is central to what you'll learn on this conflict resolution training course.
Spotting what aspect of the relationship needs our attention when our aim is conflict resolution
We're suggesting that it's of practical value to assess our satisfaction with each of the three dimensions separately (we can assess our level of satisfaction on a 0-10 scale):-
- THINKING – how rational and creative are our decisions and problem-solving (0-10)?
- FEELINGS – how much trust and willingness to cooperate do we have (0-10)?
- CONNECTION – how well do we listen to and understand each other (0-10)?
Because they're so intimately connected it's very unlikely our assessment on the three scales will be far apart. For example, if we're very dissatisfied with the quality of thinking and the quality of the connection, it is unlikely that we'll be feeling very good about the relationship as a whole. If we're satisfied with the way we think together and with the way we connect, our feeling about the relationship is likely to be good, too.
What happens under pressure when a relationship deteriorates and conflict develops?
A downward spiral all too easily develops when the relationship comes under pressure in a conflict. Deterioration in any one of the three dimensions immediately drags the other two down, too. Here’s how bad it gets at the bottom of the downward spiral, as you probably know from your own experience:-
- Thinking Our thinking is confused and defensive. We forget the goals we have in common. We get stuck in entrenched, embattled positions. Our minds play irrational tricks on us. Our perception of our ‘opponents’ is distorted. We see them as enemies attacking us, and we endow them with an enemy’s worst characteristics. The gulf between us seems to widen to the point where it becomes unbridgeable. It's not possible in this frame of mind to come together for rational thinking and problem solving. Conflict resolution is impossible when people are in this state of mind.
- Feelings We have a mixture of emotions: fear, vulnerability, anger, resentment, hatred and contempt. We may also feel misunderstood, attacked, judged and guilty. The brain is flooded with chemicals putting us in a state of high alert. In this state it's no use being told to ‘calm down’; we can’t – not just like that. Again, this emotional state makes conflict resolution impossible.
- Connecting We can't listen with empathy to one-another, and the way we speak to one-another becomes openly or secretly hostile. We misunderstand and are misunderstood by one-another. We'd rather have nothing to do with one-another because it's so stressful. Again, this kind of connection breakdown makes conflict resolution impossible.
Practical implication - how to reverse the vicious spiral and improve the atmosphere so that conflict resolution becomes possible
The main practical implication is that reversing the spiral has to be done step by step. It’s no use expecting people to be able to think and work successfully together while they are still feeling bad and are failing to connect with one-another. They can’t. Premature peace negotiations are usually doomed to failure.
Work has to be done first on the quality of the connection and the emotional atmosphere. When and only when people feel better understood by each other, safer with each other, more respected and appreciated by each other, and can let off steam and calm down, can they come together for rational thinking and problem-solving.
The skills you need for conflict resolution and improving relationships?
There are two skills that are crucial for conflict resolution, and which make it possible to reverse the spiral and heal a fractured relationship. These are the two core skills this course will help you master. They are:-
- listening with empathy and
- speaking assertively.
When used in combination these two skills are very powerful and effective at creating an atmosphere of mutual respect, understanding and trust. It's very difficult to improve relationships without them. The underlying reason why they make this possible is that they give us a safe way of communicating about feelings. This enables us to connect better with one-another. This in turn enables us to think more rationally and work more successfully together.
The benefit of a bifocal vision in managing conflict
There is a psychological technique that invites people to see others with wide vision called bifocal vision. Bifocal vision invites us to see others not just they present themselves i.e. angry, rude or impatient, but also as a whole person capable of a much richer range of emotions. While engaging conflict resolution it is more productive to assume that although the other person may want to complain and display their irritation right now, at other times they may also be calm, considerate, gentle and kind. This ability to hold bifocal vision involves a willingness to see beyond the difficult behaviour. If we are able to understand that there is likely to a legitimate reason they feel unsatisfied, unhappy or angry, and are able to make the subtle distinction in our own minds between a person and their behaviour, it makes it easier for us to just dismiss them as a problem person, but instead see them as a person in distress because they are unhappy about something.
Practical guidelines - steps you can take in conflict resolution
The two basic skills, listening with empathy and speaking assertively, are crucial ingredients in this approach to conflict resolution. As well as following these steps when trying to resolve a conflict of your own, they can also be followed when you're helping others resolve their conflicts.
Do resist the temptation to rush in and knock people's heads together. No conflict can be resolved until people are ready. The steps below, by creating an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect, will help them be ready. Without this atmosphere it's unlikely the conflict can be resolved:-
- Look for common ground - something that matters to you both that you can agree on, e.g., a goal or value you share - and agree to accept no solution unless you're BOTH satisfied your needs are being taken seriously.
- Listen with empathy, "What outcome or solution do YOU want? Right now my sole aim isn't to agree or disagree with you but to satisfy you I fully understand and respect where you're coming from."
- Speak assertively, "Now it's YOUR turn to listen to ME. I'm not asking you to agree with me ... just to satisfy me you understand what I want and why."
- Finally look for agreement using a quid-pro-quo approach:- "Now we understand and respect one-another, let's see if we can find a way to resolve the conflict." "I'm prepared to concede this if you're prepared to concede that." "Let's each take care neither of us feels we're being taken advantage of."
- If argument breaks out again be patient, go right back to the beginning, and try again.
Testimonials for this conflict resolution training course
- "I'm managing to confront them but still maintain their cooperation and support. Previously I was either not confronting or confronting and ending up with the member of staff demotivated and feeling that I was 'unfair'. I have also used the skills to stop me getting bogged down in excuses. I have used the skills in emails and phone calls as well as face-to-face. I have also re-confronted - have not given up when the situation has not been resolved the first time. If 10 is fully met I would rate my needs being met as 9." - A Theatre Manager
- "The most useful part of the course was learning how to convey my disappointment with a member of staff without demotivating them, without making them cry and without allowing them to get off the hook with their usual excuses. In fact I probably got more out if it than any other course I've been on because usually you come back with the best intentions of implementing what you've learnt but with this it educates you so that it becomes part of you before the course is up." - A Leisure Centre Manager
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Interested? You could be good at this!
- You can have a FREE exploratory coaching session over the phone or video call.
- It'll give you a foretaste of what you can get from the course.
- You make no commitment to proceed beyond this until you're sure this training is relevant for you.
- You don't have to be based in the UK to receive this training. The one-to-one coaching can be extremely effective over video calls.
What will this session do for you?
In this FREE video coaching session a trained expert will aim to;-
- gently explore what you're looking for help with. Learning challenging new skills is much easier when you feel safe, so we like to create an un-pressured atmosphere,
- diagnose your particular training needs,
- answer any questions,
- give you something practical you can use right away that'll help you handle a difficult situation more successfully at work. We'll teach you what to say, and how to say it to achieve the results you want.
How to accept this offer
- Simply ring Alex Gould on +44 (0)1727 847 889 for a preliminary chat and to arrange a session,
- or, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
- or, if you'd like us to contact you please fill out the form below and we'll contact you and to arrange a convenient time for your free exploratory coaching session:-