Healthy conflicts are an integral part of a professional environment. They widen your vision and offer your team different insights. However, with the advent of ‘work from home’ and hybrid working models, it gets difficult to convey your opinion and your vision to your team. This leads to unnecessary arguments and misunderstandings. They might not appear to be a big concern in the beginning but can hamper your team’s performance. It is essential for you to observe such conflicts and respond accordingly, making your team believe that you care for them and that they matter to you. In her article for The Enterprisers Project, Stephanie Overby shares several tips to tackle team conflicts in a professional way.
Almost every conflict is borne out of disagreement, and individualistic rigidity furthers it. You might believe that your idea is better, but it does not leave you in a better place as an active team member. It is crucial to acknowledge the behavioral aspects of every member of the team, even if they disagree with your opinions. It would enhance your team members’ perception that you know how they feel, and their mental peace is a matter of concern for you.
Aim for Ideas
There could be instances in a team when members seem to focus on what an individual said rather than an idea. As a team member or leader, it is your responsibility that the team is calm and focused throughout the brainstorming session. It would be better if you clearly communicated your ideas to your team and facilitated transparent communication.
Furthermore, suppose a team member is not familiar with any of the ideas other teammates have decided upon. In that case, it is the collective responsibility of the crew to make the individual feel familiar with the concept. It is also necessary to later appreciate and respect that team member’s opinion of the idea.
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