Conflict: "A state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash"
I'm talking about the power of conflict that results in something good. Many variables come into play when attempting to harness this power...one of those is the concept of the prediction horizon.
Crystal Balls Are Real
Prediction Horizon: "The time interval in which conflicts will be detected"
One of the challenges for those of us in leadership is that conflicts seem to come out of nowhere and suddenly we have a mess on our hands. In retrospect, there are often behavioral clues that, if considered more closely, might help us predict that a conflict is looming. No one can truly anticipate exactly when an issue is going to occur, but if we invest a small amount of time ensuring we understand the various dynamics around us, we'll more than likely be able to identify the negative conflicts before they explode.
Making Conflict Productive
The real power of conflict is that we can move to a state of change. I'm a huge fan of change, because if it's managed well you can move your team, your organization, and yourself forward. That's a pretty good combination!
How About You
Have you taken the time to understand the strengths, tendencies, hot buttons, and styles of your people? Do you know what sensitivities are just below the surface with your colleagues? Being armed with this knowledge gives you a chance to set your own prediction horizon for the conflict that is sure to come. Are you ready?
I'd love to hear from you.
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