We would all like to have a workplace that is 100% free of anger, hostility, misunderstandings, and conflict. I would also like a unicorn pony.
Perhaps — somewhere — there is a company that has both ponies and completely harmonious teams. If I find it, I’ll let you all know.
In the meantime, conflict is a part of life, and it will occur in your workplace, sooner or later. Sometimes the issues will be with your coworkers, sometimes with your boss. Dealing with a boss requires a few different strategies, so this article focuses on the other colleagues you will come into conflict with at work.
I worked in big corporations, smaller companies, and even startups during my years in Silicon Valley Tech. Some company cultures are better than others, but people are people. I’ve witnessed a great deal of conflict, and I’ve experienced my own.
The strategies I’m sharing have worked for me and others. A few of my mentors, advisors, and executive coaches taught me some of them. They do work for most i…