Strategic Leadership 202: Making Conflict Productive

Michael Seitchik
SWE Advance
61 Minutes


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Most people hate conflict, especially in the workplace. Typically, people respond to conflict in one of two ways. They either avoid it (often called “flight”) or battle it out (often called “fight”). But, there is a third option – to engage in healthy debate.

Making conflict productive is not about getting rid of conflict.  Conflict is inevitable. For example, one person on a team may be given the task of keeping costs down while another has the task of making sure products meet all regulations and safety requirements.  It would not be unusual for these two people to be in conflict. Although these two people may experience the conflict as personal, some of the conflict is built into their roles.  The goal is to have a reasonable discussion on the sources of the conflict and to figure out together, what can be done to resolve the conflict, or at least lessen the tension.

This webinar is not about making conflict go away. It is about how to manage it in a productive way.

By the end of this session, attendees will should be able to:

  •  Explain how to create an environment that is safe for productive conflict
  • Identify tools and exercises to facilitate constructive conflict with others
  • Identify multiple sources of a conflict in order to better facilitate a more realistic resolution of a conflict

Join us for this live web session on Wednesday, February 28 @ 2:00 PM CST. 



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