Conflict: Integrity, Reruns, and Focus

We humans have mastered countless ways to start or extend conflicts, at work and at home. Here are three ways to help keep the air out of those ‘conflict balloons:’ 1. Integrity: Don’t Question ItWe can handle a comment like, “You should have completed that marketing plan on the 15th, as agreed, with the data available at the time.” But, we don’t want to hear: “You didn’t think I was paying attention so you were trying to sneak past the deadline, weren’t you?”The first is descriptive; the second impugns integrity,  is accusatory, and will stir up a tsunami of anger and denial. 2. Reruns are for TVWatching reruns on TV can be fun and a nostalgic way to kill some time. Not so when you’re wrestling with conflict. Things that happened in the past do have some impact on you now. But this isn’t the time to offer them as re-reruns. It will get you worse than nowhere. Sure, you’ll feel a sense of smug satisfaction which will then add to the situation. Memories are fallible; ask any detective. What to do?:Stay current. Focus on now, not then.3. Stick to One IssueFine, so you’ve been ticked off since the Y2K thing didn’t happen. Don’t start barfing up a bag full of wrongs into one conversation; you’ll never get to the heart of the issue. Past sins and experiences–even if they’re relevant in some way–will only cause more confusion. And, it’s next to impossible for the other person to respond to everything in addition to feeling as if they are being arraigned in court. One conversation. One issue.________________________________If this is a topic that hits home right now, I think you’ll also be helped by:Conflict At Work?Help For Your Worklife and Your Love Life!The Business of Forgiveness
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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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Conflict: Integrity, Reruns, and Focus

We humans have mastered countless ways to start or extend conflicts, at work and at home. Here are three ways to help keep the air out of those ‘conflict balloons:’

 1. Integrity: Don’t Question It

We can handle a comment like, “You should have completed that marketing plan on the 15th, as agreed, with the data available at the time.” But, we don’t want to hear: “You didn’t think I was paying attention so you were trying to sneak past the deadline, weren’t you?”

The first is descriptive; the second impugns integrity,  is accusatory, and will stir up a tsunami of anger and denial.

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2. Reruns are for TV

Watching reruns on TV can be fun and a nostalgic way to kill some time. Not so when you’re wrestling with conflict.

Sure, things that happened in the past do have some impact on you now. But this isn’t the time to offer them as re-reruns. It will get you worse than nowhere. Sure, you’ll feel a sense of smug satisfaction which will then add to the situation.

Memories are fallible; ask any detective. What to do?:

Stay current. Focus on now, not then.

3. Stick to One Issue

Fine, so you’ve been ticked off since the Y2K thing didn’t happen. Don’t start barfing up a bag full of wrongs into one conversation; you’ll never get to the heart of the issue. Past sins and experiences–even if they’re relevant in some way–will only cause more confusion. And, it’s next to impossible for the other person to respond to everything in addition to feeling as if they are being arraigned in court.

One conversation. One issue.

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If this is a topic that hits home right now, I think you’ll also be helped by:


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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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