Peacemaking 101 :: How to Handle Conflict

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Conflict is a natural and unavoidable part of life and business.  While it is uncomfortable, it doesn't have to be viewed as a bad thing.  When handled properly, conflict can smooth away rough edges, separate poor ideas from the good, and help create more opportunities for success.

In fact, the more you surround yourself with high caliber people, the more likely it is that you are going to clash on some areas.  It's a natural part of life, and as Simon T. Bailey says, "only a diamond can cut another diamond". 

While conflict is normal and bound to happen, being vindictive, holding grudges and keeping petty lists of wrongs done to you is not a productive way of handling it.  Instead, it is a surefire way to increase stress in your life as well as close doors to future opportunities and burn relational bridges.

This coming week on Twitter I'll be doing a series called Peacemaking 101 which will share short pieces of advice on handling conflict in a productive and edifying manner.  Conflict can make you bitter or better - how you choose to deal with it is up to you. 

You can follow along on Twitter here.  You can also catch up on our previous Twitter series by visiting the links in the right hand column of this page. 

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