Is It Time To Free Their Future? What To Do When Conflict Cannot Be Aligned
Here's a quick pop quiz for you:
True or False: Conflict results from a difference of opinion.
Constructive Conflict Vs. Destructive Conflict
You must remember that despite its connotation, "conflict" is not always a negative. There are two distinct types of conflict we experience in the workplace: Constructive and destructive. Destructive conflict involves a cycle of:
You know destructive conflict when you see it. Two people disagree, they feel the need to defend their position and ultimately, two-way conversation is destroyed. There is no give- and-take, here. Just black and white absolutes of "right" and "wrong."
Constructive conflict, on the other hand looks much different in action. Its cycle involves:
Are You Fostering A Culture Of Conflict?
A culture of conflict isn't necessarily a bad thing. Constructive conflict can lead to an innovative and collaborative environment. It is a culture of destructive conflict that can lead to dysfunctional, stifling environments.