Circles for Connection

Collaboration & Conflict

When collaboration is difficult…

Do you recognize these situations in your organization?

The ‘normal’ tension in collaboration

There is always tension in collaboration. Tension is energy, vitality and creates dynamics that lead to change and growth.  

Maybe you want to make constructive use of the diversisity in your team or organization.

Or maybe you are a little cautious or worried when you see the following phenomena:

  • We want to become a self-steering organization, but it doesn’t really work and there is resistance 
  • Despite the individual qualities of people, the collaboration as a team doesn’t work out as you hoped
  • Diversity is not really an added value, but rather it’s a ‘problem’ 
  • Organisational change results in negativity and people don’t go along

Tension and stuckness in collaboration

When you are confronted with open disputes, the tensions are visible. And sometimes you feel there is hidden discontent and frustration in the undercurrent. 

The following situations often occur:

  • During meetings people are silent, but at the coffee machine the talking starts
  • The atmosphere is heavy, but people behave politely
  • We don’t speak up and spare one another to keep the peace, but the tension is growing
  • The same heated discussion happens over and over again and people get irritated
  • Managers are constantly fighting fires and it doesn’t really help

Destructive conflicts that seem unsolvable

Escalated situations turn into painful conflicts. The situation is stuck and people make each other’s lives miserable. 

Maybe you recognize this:

  • The conflict spreads out like a fire and people get sucked in the negative conflict spiral
  • Some people are a victim of mobbing or exclusion in a suble or not so subtle way
  • Conflicts do not get resolved, despite all the efforts, and they poison the atmosphere
  • The numbers of absenteeism and staff turn-over are alarmingly high
  • Disagreements and rows have a long history, and nobody really knows anymore what it’s all about

Conflict is part of collaboration

You usually manage to find a way out of a polarized discussion or a tense situation. But sometimes you don’t know how to deal with a conflict. Recognizing the early symptoms of a conflict and taking them seriously is a first important step!

Sometimes it’s helpful to call in someone who can offer an outside perspective on the situation. From an omnipartial position she can offer appropriate support to have courageous conversations.

You can also chose to develop your personal conflict skills. This will help you to prevent future conflict escalation, human suffering, loss of productivity, creativity, costs and damage to your reputation. This is the most sustainable solution!

“Most people prefer the conflicts they know to the resolutions they cannot completely imagine.” 
(Ken Cloke)

My vision on conflict and conflict resolution

In order to bring oxygen in conflict, to bring movement in situations that seem stuck and to facilitate real change, there are a number of phases you have to go through: the building blocks of conflict resolution. 

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how can i be of service to you and your organization?

I work with leaders, managers, directors, as well as with professionals, such as HR professionals, prevention consultants, process facilitators, team coaches, mediatiors and consultants.

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Who is Silvia Prins

For 30 years I have been fascinated by group dynamics and related disiplines. Curious about the wondrous world of groups. The power and potential of strong groups is what drives me in my work.

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