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Working Through Our Differences

Working Through Our Differences 9/20/19Whether at home, at work, or in the community, when we are with others, there are sure to be differences.  Those differences can end up being conflicts, big or small. 

Last week I was asked, “What is your highest priority when dealing with conflict?”  It was a multiple choice question.  The choices were:

  1. Keeping everyone happy
  2. Winning it
  3. Avoiding it
  4. Getting to an agreement

The question came as the opener to a training I was participating in.  The training, “Navigating Conflict” was probably the best I’ve ever had on that topic, and because of that, I will offer it locally, if there is interest.

Even though conflict is inevitable and a normal part of life, people respond to it in many different ways. Too often, when placed in a stressful situation, our knee-jerk responses can get the best of us and damage relationships.  

“Navigating Conflict” helped me develop a better understanding of the sources of conflict, including triggers or hot-spots, and other behaviors that illicit productive, unproductive, or even destructive responses.

Through the training, I gained skills, tools and strategies for navigating conflict in everyday interactions with people at home, at work, and in the community.  The training can do the same for you.  Call 701-724-3355 and ask to be put on the interest list for “Navigating Conflict.”

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