[Checklist] How Not To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
If you hate conflict – you’re gonna hate this message. So, if you’re too weak – turn back now!
Okay I warned you….
Have you ever had that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach?
You know, the one that stops you from breaking the bad news to your client?
What if I told you that one of the biggest challenges design professional have is dealing with conflict?
What if I told you there was one mindset hack that changes that awful feeling into a sign of good things to come?
What if I could give you a checklist you can use to be sure you’re not taking a knife to a gunfight?
Well – then here goes…
A Simple Checklist to Ensure You Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight:
1. It’s just news – that’s right… news is just news. The only connotation it has is what you give it. Do you realize that they way you feel about news is projected to others? And, the way they react to news is their own baggage coming through. That’s right. News is news… not good – not bad.
2. List questions that need answers – generally conflict arises because of a lack of communication and/or understanding. Rather than making statements, it’s a great idea to ask questions. If you write down those questions before you get to the conflict (or take time out to write them down), you’ll be equipped to the get to the heart of the issue.
3. Recognize emotions – conflict has a bunch of bottled up emotions. Ask others to tell you how they feel about the situation WITHOUT JUDGING their response. This gives them an outlet and allows you to see what’s happening underneath. If you really hear what they have to say – you’re on your way through the conflict to the other side.
That’s it… three simple ways and one mindset shift that will change the way you think about and get through conflict.
Project leaders see conflict as an opportunity to be more productive with the team and build strong bonds. Project managers view conflict as a distraction.
Which are you?
For more information about how to be a great project leader – dial that number … go ahead (I don’t bite).