Tuesday, March 1

That Thing on Your Back is an Elephant, Part 2 of 2

These are some knee-jerk reactions we have to fight off when trying to approach conflict with a level head.

1. Gossip. Need I say more? Need I quote scripture? We want to tell someone what we saw and how wrong it was. We want to know that we are not crazy. Sit and wait on what you just saw; many times what you think you saw is not what you thunk it really was. Read, Stop and Eat a Snickers.

2. Handle it yourself. If your first reaction to a problem situation is I can handle it then you are a leader, but we need to recognize that some situations are out of our jurisdiction. Tell your boss what you saw or what you think you saw. If you do it with a heart of humility and concern for the organization as a whole, then your boss should see it and actually be thankful for your loyalty. Know your role.

3. Give up. That's right, we often just want to give up. If these kinds of shenanigans go on here then I am out. Look at what Moses had to put up with. There are always hills and right before you get over the crest can be when it's the hardest. I was most tempted to drop out of college my last semester.

4. Do nothing. We have to fight the temptation to take the lazy way out. Let's just hope the elephant dissolves. If anything happens with this approach, the elephant will die... decompose and leave a stench that will linger for years. Don't let the elephant die.

There are so many ways to deal with conflict. There is no one right way or wrong way to do deal with conflict.

What are some of the ways you deal with conflict?
What are some of the challenges you face in yourself when confrontation arises?

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