Issue 152 - 04 | Conflict Isn’t The Problem. It’s The Solution.

By Nate Regier, PhD
Published April 19, 2017 10:00 a.m.
“It’s not surprising that when I Google the word ‘conflict,’ the terms ‘resolution,’ ‘mediation,’ ‘management,’ and ‘reduction’ pop up. All of these words convey an important message about our association with conflict; that it needs to be managed, reduced, resolved and mediated.

The problem with conflict mediation, conflict management, and conflict reduction is that each one positions conflict as the culprit.

Whether intended or not, these labels and much of the methods used in the conflict and communication fields reinforce the misconception that if we can remove the conflict, things will be better.

When we mediate, manage, or reduce the conflict, we necessarily reduce the energy available for productive problem-solving. When we respect the tension and use that energy to create instead of destroy, the results can be transformative.”

About Nate Regier, PhD | Nate Regier is co-founding owner and CEO of Next Element. His latest book, Conflict Without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading With Compassionate Accountability, is available from Amazon and other booksellers. Next Element is a global training and advisory firm dedicated to helping people spend less energy in drama, and more energy producing amazing results. They train, certify and coach healthy conflict communication skills so that companies can build cultures of Compassionate Accountability.
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