Conflicts start because of  misjudgments, misinformation

and misunderstandings. If you understand how a conflict starts, you will

be well on your way to resolving it.
Here are 5 other areas you must consider to effectively deal with

the conflicts you face

1. Conflicts are a normal and healthy part of life. Since they will occur,

what is most important is how we understand, resolve and learn from


2.   Some conflicts can be avoided entirely or kept from escalating. The

more we understand our own style and attitudes about conflict and

their causes, the fewer the occasions when conflicts may occur.

3.   Some conflicts are minor and should be resolved about the critical

ones. Remember the adage, “choose your battles wisely.”

4.  There does not have to be a loser in a conflict. Our goal is to have

a win-win outcome. If someone wins and someone loses, everyone

loses.  There are techniques that can be used to work through a conflict

so that everyone is a winner.  See link below on 15 ways to difficult people.

5.   We can and must learn from our conflicts. If conflicts are going to

happen whether or not they are beyond our control, then we might

as well learn from each one and apply that knowledge in the future.


Arnold Sanow, MBA, CSP is a speaker and coach who focuses on building stronger customer and workplace relationships. He is the author of  6 books to include, “Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere.”

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