Conflict Resolution -Top 10 tips to resolve conflict
Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Man must evolve for all human conflict, a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Definition of Conflict
Areas and levels of conflict
Ways to address conflict. Formal vs. Informal (alternative dispute resolution)
Top 10 tips to resolve conflict
- Don’t avoid the conflict. You might fear conflict and confrontation due to a fear of being rejected. Conflict can be positive for you, your relationships and your organization. Conflict can actually be good for business, leading to innovation. The key is to build your confidence to address the issue. Know that everything will work out.
- Manage your anger. Take some time to breath, relax and reflect, if you feel you might explode. Ideally, you bring up your feelings immediately in the situation, if you feel safe. However, there is nothing wrong with finding the right time to discuss an issue. This can reduce the likelihood of escalation.
- Reflect, don’t blame. We have the tendency to blame others. If you try hard, you can put yourself in the other’s shoes. What might they have felt in the situation? How would it have felt for them. It’s uncomfortable, but put time and effort into this.
- Don’t stay if it’s a destructive relationship. Is the conflict reoccurring? Think about whether the conflict is destructive. Sometimes we stay in destructive relationships, but no matter the resolution, it will be short lived without addressing the deeper issues. If you can’t decide if you should divorce or not, read about how to choose between mediation and therapy.
- Learn about negotiation and how to negotiate. Often, conflict resolution requires people to negotiate to ask what they are looking for. Use the Mediate to Go self-resolver to develop the right negotiation strategy for you. It’s free!
- Confront the person in a respectful way. We call this a constructive confrontation, where we prepare to discuss our concerns with someone in a respectful way, focusing on our feelings, not blaming the other.
- Take leadership in the situation. Become a self-leader in conflict resolution. To be a self-leader, you need to be powerful. Follow our LEADER acronym to address issues effectively to resolve conflicts in your life.
- Ask for help from a mediator or conflict coach. To find a mediator or conflict coach, look at the Mediate to Go mediation services directory. A conflict resolution expert can help you see things differently. There are benefits to mediation services, so try it. This is how you find a good mediator.
- Use the Mediate to Go Self-Resolver. We’ve developed an innovative tool to help people resolve conflict as recognized by McGill University Headway Magazine.
- Learn about conflict resolution and how to fix a relationship. Listen to our Top 10 songs about conflict to learn about typical types of conflict, and ways that people typically resolve issues.
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