High Powered Energy Transformation!
by Rick Sidorowicz
Conflict is a necessary and vital by-product of high performance. The ‘sparks’, friction and ‘turbulence’ that develop in and around high powered individuals and high performing work teams is a natural occurrence of breaking new ground and challenging the status quo.
How we ‘hold’ conflict and how we ‘handle’ it can re-energize our spirits and strengthen individuals’ alignment to a common purpose. A few reference points for when the going gets rough:
Hold a ‘purpose’ of developing trust and rapport - hold it firm to see the ‘content’ of conflict within a ‘context’ of trust and common purpose;
Tell the truth - it always breaks through barriers and makes things ‘happen’;
Specify, clarify and define the desired outcome - the uncompromising resolution of conflict within the context of trust and ‘alignment’ to go forward;
Stay ‘centered’ in the conflict - in the present; focus on what’s happening now - this is where and when solutions emerge;
Remain flexible and able to respond - hold your position ‘gently’ yet inescapably ‘in the action,’ and ‘on-site’;
Suspend judgment, remove all blame and focus on what works - the alignment to go forward is the objective;
If strong negative emotions surface - acknowledge the feelings and ask of yourself and the other - What needs to happen now? What needs to change? What can I (we) do to use this energy constructively? This energy is the vital ‘juice’ that can be channeled into high powered personal alignment;
If resistance arises, explore it and use it rather than creating a battle of wills;
Be willing to be illogical - the fundamental issues are generally not grounded in logic, reason and fact - but in perception, self image and pride;
Focus on going ‘beyond winning’ as opposed to merely ‘not losing’; give everyone permission to win;
Talk about what you are doing that is not working; search for alternate meanings that will satisfy the situation and meet everyone’s needs more productively without compromising vital interests in the outcome;
Use metaphors, analogies and stories that match the situation you are facing;
Use humour - if this situation were funny, what would you be laughing at?
Be willing to identify and go beyond habit and typical patterns of behaviour;
Seek the unexpected;
Search for the second, third or fourth correct solution;
Accept that stress and ‘creative tension’ is needed to go beyond into breakthrough;
Hold the ‘context’ and ‘purpose’ clearly in view as the inescapable framework for this activity of conflict resolution and personal alignment.
And when it’s not working re-examine your purpose and objectives and look
for the ‘truth’. Dealing ‘ruthlessly’ with reality will always break through
to the fundamental issues.
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