confrontation

Conflict: Moving from Cowardice to Confidence

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Experiencing conflict is a part of everyday life. A common response is avoidance. Most people say they just don’t like confrontation. It makes them uncomfortable, and some even become physically ill at the thought of discussing a challenging issue face-to-face. How then can you become more productive with conflict while still keeping your emotions in check?

Healthy and productive conflict can lead to:

  • Better relationships
  • Increased confidence
  • Decreased anger and depression
  • Greater respect for yourself and from others
  • Career development
  • Harmony
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Conflict is a part of life…

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Experiencing conflict is a part of everyday life. It happens at work between co-workers; it happens at home between family members, and it happens in social settings between friends. Many people have a negative definition in mind when it comes to the word, and they certainly don’t want to deal with it. But, did you know that some types of conflict can actually be beneficial? Healthy conflict can lead to better relationships, increased confidence, greater respect from others, career development, and harmony within your office or home.

A common response to conflict is avoidance. Most people say they just don’t like confrontation …it makes them uncomfortable and sometimes, unnecessary emotions can come to the surface. How, then, can you become more proficient with the skill of confrontation while keeping your emotions in check?

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The Reality of “The Supervisor Sandwich”

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Confrontation is certainly not the easiest part of being a manager. In fact, it’s probably your least favorite. It’s human nature to avoid interpersonal discord. Many people hope a problem just corrects itself without our intervention. But, is that manner of thinking really reality? How can you provide coaching for an employee, co-worker, or even your own supervisor and have it be a positive experience? We’ve all heard of “The Supervisor Sandwich.”

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