#5 Track Topics to Derive more Benefit from Team Conflict

  In last week’s blog we visited a team meeting in an imaginary organization. Stephanie had begun to comment on a product concept. Fred cut her off and launched into a brief attack against the quality and timing of her input. Last week’s main point was that such an attack … Continue reading

#4 Criticism and Attacks can be an Avoidance Strategy

  One of the most valuable and current books for a mediator is Bernie Mayer’s Staying with Conflict. One of the chapters covers the topic of conflict avoidance – the ways that people shy away from the conversations that would be beneficial for them.   I am sure you can … Continue reading

#3 Longing for the Enemy

Quote by Gordon White

“All of you undisturbed cities, haven’t you ever longed for the enemy’ begins Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem in translation from Das Stundenbuch. In David Whyte’s interpretation of the poem, Rilke’s walled, disconnected city is symbolic of the self which needs an enemy to break down its walls and reconnect. That … Continue reading

#2 Seven Reasons to Embrace Conflict

  Conflict may frighten you, or at the least, you find it unpleasant. Perhaps the last thing you would choose to do is to engage in conflict, and yet this is exactly what I encourage you to do in spite of the anxiety you may feel.   Firstly, a few … Continue reading

#1 Conflict and Creativity on Teams

  In his instructive books, Patrick Lencioni has written about the importance of conflict to team dynamics. He explains persuasively that trust allows for the conflict that is required in order to reach commitment, accountability, and maximum results. This post can be viewed as an expansion of the conflict function … Continue reading