While I often explore thoughts, tips, techniques, and approaches for resolving conflict on this blog, I thought it might be important to acknowledge that conflict can actually be a good thing in some situations.
Good conflicts are the natural result of people working together towards a common cause. Well-intentioned, hard-working people can have honest differences of opinion that can generate conflict.
As long as the involved parties avoid mean-spirited attacks, negative judgments of character, and act in ways that preserve the relationship rather than damage it; the conflict can be good. Under these conditions, conflicting approaches and thoughts generally lead to better, more thoroughly thought out solutions to problems.
So, as we continue to look for ways to deescalate and resolve negative conflicts, let's also remember that not all conflict is a bad thing.
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