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Leadership Without
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Podcast with David Dye

conflict to collaboration

How to Successfully Transform Your Team’s Conflict to Collaboration

by | Apr 5, 2024 | Podcast |

Episode 251: In this episode, David Dye discusses transforming workplace conflict to collaboration. He introduces four dimensions that can help alleviate and deescalate conflicts. The four dimensions are: connection, clarity, curiosity, and commitment. David emphasizes the importance of having a conversation with oneself before engaging in conflict resolution and provides phrases and strategies for each dimension. David shares, “Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict,” which offers over 300 phrases to deescalate conflicts and build trust. This episode will cover specific scenarios and provide practical tools for dealing with workplace conflict.

Practical Strategies for Navigating from Conflict to Collaboration

00:00 – 00:56 – David kicks off season 16 with a focus on transforming workplace conflict to collaboration. David shares that 70% of surveyed individuals report experiencing the same or greater levels of conflict at work. This sets the stage for a deep dive into conflict resolution strategies. 

00:57 – 02:02 – David introduces four key dimensions for addressing workplace conflict: connection, clarity, curiosity, and commitment. This framework aims to not only alleviate difficult conflicts but also promote better team collaboration.

02:03 – 02:37 – “Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict” offers over 300 practical phrases to help deescalate common workplace disputes, emphasizing the importance of proactive communication in conflict resolution.

02:38-03:01 – Listeners like Nora, Jamie, Julianne, and others share their questions, highlighting the universal challenge of navigating workplace conflict to collaboration across various locations and contexts. 

04:03 – 05:51 – David delves into the psychological aspects of conflict. He explains how the brain’s survival instincts can exacerbate workplace disputes. This underscores the importance of thoughtful response over instinctual reaction.

05:52 – 08:34 – There are many factors contributing to increased workplace conflict, including pandemic aftereffects, economic instability, and changing work environments. David shares a comprehensive overview of the challenges leaders face.

08:35 – 15:34 – Through a personal anecdote, David illustrates the transformative power of confronting conflict, showcasing how candid dialogue can lead to unexpected resolutions and personal growth.

15:35 – 19:16 – The conversation shifts to the first dimension of conflict resolution, connection. David explains the importance of knowing your colleagues as human beings. This illustrates how a deeper understanding of each other’s perspectives can significantly ease conflict resolution.

19:17 – 20:44Clarity is highlighted as the second crucial dimension for effective conflict management. David discusses how getting on the same page and creating a shared understanding of expectations and outcomes can prevent misunderstandings and foster a collaborative environment.

20:45 – 22:53Curiosity is introduced as the third dimension, emphasizing the role of genuine interest in others’ perspectives for uncovering the root causes of conflict. David suggests that asking insightful questions cannot only provide new solutions but also pull individuals out of reactive states, fostering a more empathetic and productive dialogue.

22:54 – 26:25 – The conversation culminates with commitment, the fourth dimension, where David outlines the importance of translating discussions into specific, actionable commitments. He stresses the necessity of clear actions, owners, and timelines to ensure progress and prevent recurring conflicts. This approach can transform conflicts into opportunities for growth and collaboration.

26:26 – The episode wraps up with a compelling call to action for you to engage with the four dimensions of conflict resolution in your day-to-day challenges. David encourages personal reflection on the impact of staying silent and advocates for proactive communication as a key to transforming workplace conflicts into collaborative successes.

Powerful Phrases 3DIf you’d like more specific, practical phrases and approaches for common sources of workplace conflict, check out our newest book (May 2024—available for pre-order now): Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict—What to say next to de-stress the workplace, build collaboration, and calm difficult customers.

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David Dye helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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