A Word about Timing and Conflict Management

Something weird happens when people get into conflict. They suddenly believe that the conflict can be resolved ASAP. The belief comes naturally, and it is understandable. If something is high priority, it should be dealt with, right? Wrong.

Conflicts have their own logic and you cannot just will them to resolution. So part of getting better at managing conflict is getting better at seeing the logic that underlies them. That logic helps inform you how long it is likely to take to work it out. Some conflicts can be resolved quickly. Others not.

Once you see the likely path, then you can start working on timing issues. What needs to be done at that magic moment when a resolution is possible? Plan for that and you are much more likely to be ready for it. That is why, some say that “timing is everything”.

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