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Conflict: Why you Should Run to your Challenges

Conflict: Why you Should Run to your Challenges

Quick side note, this is a homage to a close friend of mine that has always advocated to Run to Your Challenges. You can check out his amazing podcast here.

What comes to mind when you think of conflict? For many people, it’s something to be avoided at all costs. There’s no denying that conflict can be uncomfortable and painful. However, this doesn’t mean it should be outright avoided at work or any other part of life. In fact, many businesses and organizations thrive on their ability to resolve problems and conflicts head-on. Not only that, they learn how to come out stronger in the end. Here are just three reasons why facing your challenges head-on leads to better company cultures overall.

 

The Good News

Few things challenge us as much as conflict. But running towards it can bring out our best, and when it comes down to it, isn’t that what company culture is all about? Let’s dive into some helpful insights on how you can find your own challenges—and conquer them. Our goal is simple; together we create a powerful company culture based off trust, communication, ownership & employee motivation. No challenge required.

 

The Bad News

Ignoring Challenges Breeds Apathy. Ignoring problems is a sure-fire way to breed apathy, lack of engagement and possibly resentment in your organization. Sure, you might think it’s easier on everyone to sweep things under the rug, but downplaying a challenge is a lot more damaging in the long run than facing it head on.

 

What We Can Do

Rather than ignoring conflict or trying to avoid it, organizations can be productive by encouraging people to have open discussions about difficult issues in a way that works best for them. Conflict is natural and essential for growth –we learn from our mistakes, grow personally and bring diverse ideas, life experiences and thoughts into our team. It’s through embracing conflict that organizations can achieve company culture goals of forming authentic relationships with employees, promoting creativity and boosting collaboration among employees.

 

The Key To Dealing With Conflict

Address Them Quickly And Fairly. When we face conflict, it’s natural for us to avoid them, but ignoring problems doesn’t solve them – it only makes matters worse. It creates additional stress in your organization and eats away at your company culture. To address conflict quickly and fairly, you need to understand some basic principles that will help you make tough decisions fast and find a solution that everyone can live with. Today I want to cover four steps you can take when dealing with conflict; they are: 1) Analyze 2) Assess 3) Plan 4) Act – The path to successfully addressing any challenge is following these four steps; there are no short cuts.

Find out how to actually take control here

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