Even though team conflict will always arise due to differences in work habits, and personality types, communication issues, and can result in disharmony and cause a distraction for the team, team conflict should be seen as a positive thing. It should used as a forum for open discussion and can start the flow of creative thinking. Differences in personality types in team members can help in organizing tasks assignments, which can help avoid conflict. Team management strategies can organize your team to help them work thru any problems more effectively. No matter how diverse the team members may be or how difficult the task or project may be, conflict no longer has to be the downfall of your team’s success.
Effective Strategies for Team Conflict Resolution (Introduction)
As a team member and/or team leader you should always keep in mind “Conflict is inevitable and at times stimulates beneficial or creative thinking.” (Sheila Porter, J.D., Managing Conflicts in Learning Teams, 2003) Instead of resolving team conflicts with the idea that they are taking away from the team or causing distractions, resolve conflicts in a manner in which to gain the most out of it. Don’t perceive a conflict amongst team member to be all bad, it’s actually a good way to get all members of the team’s opinions on how tasks are being handled, and also a way to learn more about the personalities of each person. Strategizing effectively can help you turn conflicts into great forums for open discussion. The idea is to take something seen as a negative and turn it into a positive. Often times team conflicts can be a waste of time and energy, and become very discouraging and distracting for the progress of the team. When you are working and learning in a team environment you have to plan for there to be differences and issues that may arise. Establish rules for the team to adhere to and make sure all team members agree be for any problems arise. Turn destructive criticism...