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Managing conflict behaviours

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Date Posted: May 16, 2016
As a manager, statistically, you’ll spend 30% of your time dealing with badly handled conflict. Almost all managers believe that doing this is part and parcel of their job. Snuffing out flames as they arise, rather than treating the root cause of the fire often leaves the problem untreated, it can also be a missed opportunity.
Date Posted: April 14, 2016
In the context of the 1916 Commemorations here in Ireland, conflict and rebellion are topical subjects. We look back from a different perspective today and while we all mark the centenary of this event and know it has shaped us as a society, none of us would wish to see a repeat of violence as a means of resolving our problems.
Date Posted: March 3, 2016
Even though we seem to be witnessing a return of industrial action over the past while (LUAS commuters will vouch for that) it is still significantly diminished from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s when I grew up in Dublin. One of the possible reasons being that the number of workers in unions has reduced from 70% to about 30% in the last 30 years in Ireland.
Date Posted: February 8, 2016
This is one of the single most important constructive responses to conflict and yet one which proves so difficult sometimes. At a recent mediation involving an allegation of bullying, I was prompted to talk about the value and the need to Take Perspective.
Date Posted: November 10, 2015
Conflict is inevitable because we are all different. This is the challenge of effective conflict management. Our values, needs, self- image, beliefs and expectations vary from one person to the next. When we see people behave in ways that appear to disrespect any of these, we can find ourselves reacting negatively and experiencing conflict. The situation is telling us that we are different and in order to move beyond the conflict, something has to change.