Exercises – Conflict

Survey

Who should be involved in the resolution of a team-internal conflict?

“Turn down that noise!”

The courts are so full of disputes between neighbors that community mediators are being asked to resolve the conflicts. A member of the mayor’s staff in your town has asked you to get involved. 

You’ve lived in the town for many years, are respected and involved in various activities. You go through the two-day training, then are given your first case. Apparently, the teenaged Johnson boys and their heavy metal rock band have been hitting ever higher decibel levels in their basement studio.

Louise (63) and Richard Moser (65), next door neighbors to the Johnsons, have called the police a half dozen times and are threatening now with a lawyer. It’s a nice neighborhood. Folks get along fairly well. The Johnson boys are good kids, but a bit high-energy.

Their parents, both working, are busy. Maybe they don’t have their boys under control. Who knows? The Mosers, solid citizens even if at times overly critical, moved into one of the first homes on the block decades ago and raised three children of their own. The Johnsons moved in just a few years ago. 

Your task is to resolve this dispute. What will be your approach? Describe the steps, their sequence, what is critical to success.

Topic Questions

Escalation

Describe an example in your culture (non-business) when a conflict was escalated too quickly. When too late. What happened in each situation?

Hearing

Does you country’s legal system allow for hearings? How are they conducted?

Evidence

When resolving a conflict in your society, what different kinds of evidence are there? Are some of them more important than others? Which ones? Why?

Speed

Choose a popular team sport in your culture. When does resolving a conflict within a team begin to slow down the team?

Acceptance

Are so-called win-win resolutions to conflicts in your culture always helpful? When would it be harmful?