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What's the Solution for Conflict Resolution?

Most of us spend almost a third of our lives in a work setting, and much of that time is spent dealing with a variety of pressures. Add the requirement of working with others, and it’s no wonder that conflicts in the workplace often arise.

Practicing conflict management in school is good preparation for entering the workforce. One easy exercise is to divide your class into small groups. Ask the groups to develop their own conflict scenarios and then exchange them with each other. Each group can then role play or discuss how the conflicts might be resolved. Questions to consider may be why some people always avoid conflict, how conflicts can actually be positive experiences, or how unresolved conflicts lead to hard feelings.

For more on conflict resolution, as well as other topics, check out SkillsUSA’s college/postsecondary-based Career Skills Education Program on CD-ROM. Visit www.skillsusa.org/store/ to learn more.

“Contradiction should awaken attention, not passion."
— Thomas Fuller

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SkillsUSA Champions | Spring 2005 | Volume 39, No. 3
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