Every summer, on windy days at Lake Michigan, some people get caught by those nasty rip currents, the strong water currents that can carry swimmers away from shore. Rip currents are a natural phenomenon – they happen, and as such, are predictable and manageable if you know what to do about them.
If you don’t know about rip currents, you could panic, try to swim directly against them, and make it to shore if you’re lucky.
If you know about rip currents, you know to swim along parallel to the shore awhile, and then head for the beach encountering much reduced or no currents moving out. A simple idea that could save your life.
In the case of collaboration, your mature appreciation of conflict appreciates the opportunity for progress; there are some options here to harvest hiding in what appears to be an interpersonal skirmish.
Conflict in meetings is a natural phenomenon – it happens, and as such, is predictable and manageable if you know about what to do when it occurs.
Learning to use collaboration tools to identify better ideas that people support instead of letting yourself get hijacked by your emotions can allow you to help you and your team accomplish solid goals when some others, thinking less effectively, would only fail and give up. One more awful meeting. What a waste.
Learn to think and lead down the path less traveled. Think or sink.
Book: Collaborate – Tools and Techniques for Productive Meetings, available on Amazon