So, you’re having a problem with someone!

Is this how you want to leave things
if you were to never see them again?

Think about how important this really is.

Below is some advice from Chris Widener about how to handle problems.


1. Keep your eye on the big picture. Is this the hill you want to die on? Determine how important this issue really is. Most things simply aren’t worth getting too upset about, or so upset that the relationship breaks down. Is a productive business relationship worth sacrificing over the fact that you partner wears too much cologne or their spouse talks loudly at parties? Of course not, but some people go to war over those things. Is your husband worth giving up on because he leaves his underwear on the floor? Now, for the sake of argument, the reverse is true: The other person could wear less cologne or pick up their underwear, because that is an easy way to make the other person happy. Ask yourself if this is really a big deal. If it is, proceed.

2. Always respect the other person as a person. No matter what they have done, they are a person of value and deserve to be treated that way. They are not summed up and defined by their mistake. They have hopes and dreams, fears and worries, strengths and weaknesses. Take some time to picture them outside the office, playing with their kids or doing something fun. This will personalize your issue and keep you from going overboard.

3. Be solution oriented. Whatever you do, don’t focus on the problem. Ask yourself and the other person to approach the issue with the idea that you are both working for a solution that will be mutually beneficial. Rather than ask, “Why in the world did you do that stupid thing? What were you thinking?” Ask, “Okay, what is done is done – what can we do to fix this again?” That is much more productive. The goal is to get things going again, not continually punish the other person

Conflict doesn’t have to end in a bad way.

In fact, it can cause you to develop a deeper and more trusting relationship with the person you have had conflict with. So the next time you have to confront, or you are being confronted, follow the advice above and you will be much further along toward getting through your conflict in a positive way.

Reproduced with permission from the Chris Widener Ezine. To subscribe to Chris Widener’s Ezine, go to http://www.chriswidener.com

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