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I was asked today if the CEO needed to moderate a dispute between another employee and myself. The question referenced building an office for a new VP. I replied that we were not in conflict because we both agreed that he should have the office. I just hadn't figured out how to accomplish it yet without hurting the motivation and commitment of a group of employees. I think I came up with an acceptable resolution.

So, maybe today's blog should be about creativity. But, I have to admit, I thought long and hard this past weekend about whether I was avoiding a conflict. I decided the answer was "not" because the core issue was not in dispute - just the how to.

Conflict avoidance is most frequently the topic when conflict in organizations is discussed. Conflict resolution - as quickly as possible - is the second most frequent topic. This is bad news because meaningful conflict is a cornerstone in healthy, successful organizations. These tips will help you initiate and encourage positive conflict: Fight for What's Right: Tips to Encourage Meaningful Conflict.
How to Deal With a Negative Coworker: Negativity Matters.
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