Why Conflict Matters
Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Many relationships are tense now. Polarizing social media, degrading political debates, and constantly negative news can cause us to internalize conflict.
That discord inside us then negatively impacts our relationships with family, friends, and at work.* Conflict causes an emotional toll, and it’s also damn wasteful.
You need to recognize how external events can potentially influence your working relationships:
Anger consumes – Rage channeled at someone else diverts energy from working on your business and yourself.**
Conflict distracts – In addition to its bearing on you, the team becomes distracted and even clients may be impacted.
Collaboration lost – Effectively working together yields huge results, so disruption undermines growth.
Sure, other people can be a pain. I can be a pain, too. Notice if your emotions fluctuate during the day and compare them to similar circumstances last year.
Recognizing our emotions, sometimes unconsciously affected by external factors, allows us to realize how our behaviors may in turn disrupt productive teamwork.
The next post talks about ways to de-escalate conflict and bolster success.
* For example, divorce rates have jumped significantly since the pandemic began in early 2020, according to data from Legal Templates, a company specializing in legal documents.
** “Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. Someone can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed.” – Epictetus
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