conflict resolution process
What is the Conflict Resolution Process?
The conflict resolution process can be defined as the informal or formal process that two or more parties use to find a peaceful solution to their dispute.
It’s often the case that when two people or organizations try to resolve a dispute by determining who is right, they get stuck. That’s why so many people need outside help with the conflict resolution process.
When the positions of disputing parties cannot be reconciled, a focus on interests in the conflict resolution process often will lead to a mutually satisfactory outcome. However, a number of common cognitive and emotional traps, many of them unconscious, can exacerbate conflict.
For example, department heads are likely to each think they deserve the lion’s share of the annual budget. Disagreements about what’s fair lead to clashes. Or take the case of two siblings who disagree about whether to sell their deceased parents’ farm, with one of them insisting the land must remain in the family and the other arguing that the parents would want them to sell it.
Sadly, we frequently fall back on the tendency to try to correct the other person or group’s perceptions, lecturing them about why we’re right—and they’re wrong. Deep down, we know that this conflict resolution process usually fails and that there’s a better way.
Thankfully, conflicts can be resolved in a variety of ways, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and, if necessary, litigation.
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