Coaching for Conflict at Work
Managing Challenging Professional Relationships
Conflict within professional relationships happens more than you might expect and all too often, the causes and resulting consequences are pushed under the carpet.
Disagreements over business decisions, rivalry and jealousy regarding promotions, bad feelings and hostility over negotiations can all lead to colleagues or clients behaving in an unreasonable manner. Coping with clashing opinions, bad feeling or conflict becomes time consuming and draining whether you are involved in the dispute yourself or whether you are trying to manage a team where friction exists.
Discord or disharmony can leave you feeling isolated from your colleagues, dreading stepping into the fray every day and suffer doubts about yourself. It can severely impact your morale in the workplace and even lead you to make decisions that could be harmful to your career.
Reacting to the Challenging Behaviour or Opinions of Others
Whether the relationship is with a peer, a client or someone senior or junior to you, it really is worth unpicking what the cause of the animosity, rivalry, resistance or enmity is and trying to make sense of it. At that point you will be able to form ideas about how you want to be in this professional relationship and how to best approach it to bring about understanding, calm and stability to the situation.
By using an integrated approach of coaching and psychotherapy for conflict in professional relationships, we can explore what is going on and better understand our own part in it
We can’t change the unreasonable behaviour of others. We can only change ourselves and become more resourceful in how we react to hostility, animosity, resistance and difficult attitudes exhibited by others is key to improving the situation.