Have you ever heard the one about the consultant who mediated their own divorce?
Neither have we.
We’ve just heard the story many times before and wondered how much of that could have been avoided with some conversations.
As a professional consultant though, in the area of conflict, or in any other area, you are going to face conflicts in your organization.
There are going to be people who disagree, dissemble and even will attempt to deceive you. Some of these people you will hire and it will amaze you the number of ways that they can harm your organization.
All of this can be avoided by having open, honest conversations about your organization, your motives, your dreams and—most importantly—your goals for their involvement in your project.
You know, the same kinds of conversations that you would have with an intimate partner, so that you don’t wind up mediating your own divorce.
Or, negotiating a firing.
Conflict is inevitable, but the responses to it—and preparation in advance of it—does not have to be.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
Email HSCT: firstname.lastname@example.org