Conflict Coaching

Are you experiencing a difficult relationship with someone? Whether you're going through a rough patch with your partner, your child, your peer or your in-laws, the problem is often the same: there has been a misunderstanding or disagreement, and both parties refuse to negotiate and come to an agreement or compromise. It can be difficult to admit that you are wrong, and it is even more difficult to come to an agreement when you believe yourself to be right. A conflict coach, or a professional in solving conflicts, can help you resolve your quarrels and make your life more pleasant.
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What Makes a Good Conflict Coach?

A conflict coach must be mindful of many things. The coach must be capable of noticing your subtleties of behavior and body language, as these often reveal more about how you feel than you do with your words. Top conflict coaches are always very attentive because it often leads to breakthroughs. Being attentive can mean anything from creating and maintaining an environment in which the client feels safe and secure to simply being a good listener and making sure to understand the client’s feelings and motivations.

What is Conflict Coaching? An Introduction:

The purpose of hiring a conflict coach is simply to resolve a conflict. A conflict coach should not attempt to do anything other than solve the conflict; it is his or her job to adhere to the client’s goal and not what the coach may feel is a more appropriate goal. There are several different approaches to conflict coaching. One approach is called “interest-based, problem-solving coaching” where a coach must assist the client in realizing the motivations of all parties to have a conflict. Then, the coach guides the client through brainstorming creative resolutions. Another, less official and less involved form of conflict coaching is called “transformative conflict coaching.” With this method, coach involvement is minimal and the client comes to his or her own conclusions with the guidance of a coach. Alternately, the conflict style is then used as a springboard for exploration of the particular conflict at hand. This method has been shown to be very effective in on-campus settings, although it can be used in other environments as well. The ultimate purpose of all these methods is to help the client consider different perspectives and step away from their conflict and their habitual way of perceiving and experiencing conflict.

Conflict Coaching Links, Websites and Resources

All humans face conflict at one point or another in their lifetimes, but people’s ability or inability to avoid and resolve conflicts make the difference between people whoa are happy and people who are unhappy. Resolving conflicts is not everyone’s specialty, and that is where conflict coaches come in. Explore the following links to learn more about conflict coaching:

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