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Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions.
-- Eric Butterworth


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Avoiding conflict

Do your interests run counter to the interests of someone else? To resolve those differences, you don’t necessarily have to go into conflict with that person.

Conflict is sometimes necessary. More often, though, you can find better alternatives.

Don’t assume that the other person has to lose in order for you to win. With sufficient creativity and innovation, it’s entirely possible that you could both come out ahead.

Examine your own motivations and consider the possible underlying motivations of the other person. Look at the situation from an objective perspective with genuine respect and understanding.

Conflict is costly, even if you win. By avoiding conflict you preserve time, energy, resources and relationships to be useful in more productive pursuits.

There are plenty of good ways to move forward that don’t involve conflict. Challenge yourself to use your brain rather than your belligerence.

— Ralph Marston

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