Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Practical and Effective Conflict Resolution Skills for Managing Everyday Workplace Disputes
Every workplace experiences conflicts. How we respond to and handle these issues is an important measure of our effectiveness as managers and leaders.
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts focuses on how managers and leaders approach common workplace disputes in a constructive and effective way. Using case studies, hands-on exercises and small group work, you will learn how to anticipate and better understand the dynamics of workplace conflicts. This highly interactive program features practical tools and multiple exercises that build on one another as well as extended opportunities to practice different intervention strategies and conflict resolution skills in the context of common everyday workplace interactions. You will leave with a number of tools and techniques to assist you to deal with challenging situations.
Our program includes discussions, case studies, role play, tools, and reflective exercises to develop skills that you can apply directly in your workplace.
a) Understanding conflict
Learn about how conflict can lead to positive learning and growth, how our brains respond in conflict, how to distinguish between different sources of conflict, how to leverage positive features of conflict and what motivates people in conflict through discussion, interactive presentations and simulation exercises. We’ll discuss interpersonal conflict and the impact of power, gender, culture and generational dynamics. Additionally, we will address a wide range of intervention tools and how to select an appropriate option. You’ll also learn about the conflict triggers that result in escalation, tools to identify root causes of conflicts and ways to improve interpersonal communication both in person and using digital communication.
b) Difficult conversations, difficult behaviours
Conflict avoidance is sometimes a viable and strategic option. However, it can also lead to never-ending festering problems or even escalated conflicts. We need to know how to raise difficult issues and to respond effectively when others challenge or confront us. We’ll examine why certain types of conflict are challenging and discuss different approaches for engaging difficult conversations, especially with people exhibiting difficult behaviours.
Conflict coaching is about learning and growth. It helps a person to build capacity to prepare for and deal more effectively with a wide range of conflicts. We’ll teach you when to use coaching, how to use powerful questions to prepare people to engage in conflict more effectively, and how to prompt others to take constructive approaches to resolving conflicts. Part of being a great manager and leader is empowering and teaching others to engage in a conflict on their own, rather than handling it for them, and we will prepare you to do just that.
d) Group conflict
Some of the most difficult conflicts arise within teams, and sometimes between teams or units. We’ll talk about how to identify early problems with team collaboration, and how to evaluate the source of the problem which could be a particularly difficult individual, a lack of direction and leadership, interpersonal conflict, or an organizational issue. You’ll learn and practice effective facilitation skills among people with varied issues, needs, and wants. You’ll also learn how group dynamics in team meetings can both work to escalate and de-escalate organizational conflict in order for the team to work better together and improve decision-making.
e) Structural conflict
Your organization’s structure may be unintentionally contributing to conflict dynamics. We’ll review several potential structure sources of conflict – for example, how decisions are made, or how co-ordination takes place between two units or teams, and discuss how to focus on what can and cannot be changed.
Dealing with conflict in the workplace is stressful. We will discuss and practice reflective strategies and techniques to improve how you respond and react to conflictual situations.
Learn how to:
- Analyze conflicts to determine root causes, opportunities, and appropriate options/responses
- Respond to different types of organizational, interpersonal, intra-team, and inter-team conflicts
- Increase the types of strategies and responses available for conflict situations
- Factor in the many organizational dynamics that impact conflict (e.g. power, gender, culture etc.)
- Manage conversations with people demonstrating high emotion or difficult behaviours
- Identify specific implications of different types of conflict
- Understand, prevent and de-escalate digital media conflicts
- Handle spontaneous conflictual interactions
- Analyze whether your organizational structure is contributing to conflict
- Improve your own reflective and self-care practices
- An enhanced capacity to deal with everyday work conflicts using proven strategies
- Increase in skills to understand, prevent and de-escalate in-person and digital media conflicts
- Coaching tips for guiding team members to take a constructive approach to conflict
- Approaches for analyzing conflictual situations and raising difficult issues
- Skills and tools for handling spontaneous conflict situations
- Tools and processes for working with team conflicts, and developing an effective response
- Analysis to help you assess whether organizational structures may be contributing to conflict in your workplace
- Conflict manual with toolkit
- Dynamics of Conflict by Bernard Mayer
- Action and analysis worksheets
- Tools for analyzing potential and actual conflict
- Tools for dealing with high emotion and difficult behaviours
- HR and LR professionals
- Managers / supervisors at all levels
- Labour leaders
- Lawyers and mediators
- Employees who would like to learn how to deal with conflict more productively
Joan Sabott is a practitioner, consultant, trainer, teacher, and coach in conflict engagement and resolution. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, USA, on leadership and conflict. Joan is an Affiliated Practitioner and former Senior Program Manager with The Langdon Group. She has consulted on various projects in the organizational sector for businesses and public agencies, and on environmental projects in the substantive areas of water, transportation, and land use and planning. Project experience ranges from high-level water negotiations in California, to the use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, to the dissolution of firms, to the team management and development...
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Kari D. Boyle is a conflict engagement practitioner, consultant, trainer and retired lawyer. She served as Executive Director of Mediate BC Society for ten years followed by one year as its Director of Strategic Initiatives. She enjoys using her legal, mediation and management experience to improve citizens’ access to viable and affordable conflict management options in the workplace and beyond. Previously, she practiced corporate commercial litigation in Vancouver for 14 years, worked in-house for 6 years specializing in legal services management, led mediation research initiatives at UBC, taught conflict resolution as an adjunct professor at UBC Law School and provided support to various justice-related system reform...
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*The roster of speakers is subject to change.
Mar 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Queen's University IRC is proud to present this program at the Westin Harbour Castle, located at 1 Harbour Square in Toronto. Hotel rooms are available to participants at a special rate until one month prior to the program. Following your registration for the program, we will provide you with a unique link for hotel reservations. For more information on the hotel visit www.westinharbourcastletoronto.com.
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Calgary
March 2-4, 2021 - Kingston
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If your organization is tax exempt, we will require a copy of your tax exemption certificate.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes. We offer an Early-Bird discount. If you register and pay 60 days before the start of a program, you will save $300 on the tuition of four- and five-day programs, and $150 on two- and three-day programs.
Please note that only one discount may be applied.
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Once I enroll in a program, may I cancel without penalty?
Substitutions are permitted with no penalty at any time. Transfers and cancellations are permitted with no penalty up to 3 weeks prior to the program start date. There will be a $500 fee charged for cancellations, transfers, and no-shows within 3 weeks of the program start date.
Where does the program take place?
I would like to make my travel plans. What are the start and end times for the program?
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts starts at 8:30 a.m. on the first day. (Registration runs from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.)
The program finishes at 4:30 p.m. on the last day.
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