Book Highlights: Conflict 101 By Susan H. Shearouse
Handling conflict is one of the most difficult things a leader has to deal with. Unfortunately, conflict in the workplace is inevitable.
- In fact, research shows that 42 percent of a manager's time is spent addressing conflict. And, over 65 percent of performance problems are caused by employee conflicts.
Fortunately, in Susan H. Shearouse's book, Conflict 101, you can learn:
- How conflict is created
- How we respond to conflict
- How to management conflict more effectively
I found particularly helpful in the book the definitions of the following five different types of conflict and then how best to deal with each:
- Problems to solve
- Intractable situation
Shearouse does a good job of teaching effective ways to:
- Confronting conflict at the earliest possible level when it's easiest to resolve
- Become more aware of how different people deal with conflict
- Have the courage to admit mistakes
- Rethink anger
- Foster compromises and collaborations
- Keep a sense of humor and sense of empathy
- Build trust among coworkers
- Harness negative emotions
- Encourage apologies and forgiveness
- Use a solution-seeking approach
- Say what needs to be said
Shearouse has served as Executive Director of the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution and on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her clients have included the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers.