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Conflict Resolution Made Simple!😉

By Karla Schlaepfer

Try these 3 Steps for a More Resilient Team 💪🏻

Conflicts are like unexpected rain showers—inevitable but manageable with the right approach. Here’s a simple, effective strategy to handle conflicts like a pro: the Triple-A approach—Agree, Apologize, Act.


First, find common ground. Agree on the core issue. This doesn’t mean you have to concede your point of view, but acknowledging the problem can cool down heated emotions. Imagine two colleagues, Alex and Mark, arguing over project priorities. By agreeing that the project’s success is their shared goal, they can shift from confrontation to collaboration. Before diving into the discussion, ask if it’s a good time to talk or set up a specific meeting. This shows respect for the other person’s time and readiness to engage constructively. 🕒


Next, extend an olive branch. Apologize if you’ve contributed to the conflict. It’s amazing how far a simple “I’m sorry” can go. Take Silke, a marketing manager, who diffused a tense meeting by admitting her miscommunication on expectations. Her genuine apology transformed the atmosphere, paving the way for productive dialogue. Here’s where self-awareness comes into play—recognize your own agenda and responsibility in the conflict. Being prepared to meet the other person halfway is crucial for a sincere apology. 🌿


Finally, take action. Turn conflicts into collaboration. Once you’ve agreed on the issue and apologized, it’s time to act. Develop a plan to address the conflict and follow through. Action demonstrates commitment to resolution and builds trust. For example, after agreeing on priorities and apologizing for past misunderstandings, Alex and Mark outlined clear steps to align their efforts, turning a potential disaster into a team victory. 🏆

Incorporating the Triple-A approach in your conflict resolution toolkit can transform challenges into opportunities for growth and collaboration. And remember, discussing these strategies with a coach 😉 can provide even more personalized insights and guidance.

So next time a conflict arises, just *Agree, Apologize, Act—and watch resilience flourish! 🌟🤝

Sound helpful? Reach out to me to learn more!

Karla Schlaepfer