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"Out of adjusting to
change comes success."
~Representative Bryan Cutler
Jennifer Craighead, Esq., partner,
Barley Snyder, LLP, has spent 23
years counseling businesses on
employment conflict and found that
"...companies are surprised at the
lessons that can be learned through
compromising workplace disputes."
Workplace conflict may arise
from differing work styles, goals,
values, among other sources.
Esq., partner, Barley
Strong leaders recognize the
value in resolving conflicts among
teams before they escalate. Ideally,
this effort requires a direct approach that identifies the
conflicts among work teams, sets grounds rules and seeks
to establish consensus. Indeed, criticism, when channeled
constructively, can lead to new ideas or approaches.
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COMPROMISING YOUR CORE VALUES
So what should you do when you're presented with an
unexpected situation that may test or compromise your core
values, but the overall outcome could have a larger impact
on the community or business sector?
Craighead recommends seeking legal counsel. "When an
unexpected situation arises in the workplace, legal counsel
can assist the company in working through a strategy that
respects the core values of the company. Strong leaders
understand the value of compromise and that there are
many ways to structure a compromise without undermining
corporate integrity and also benefitting the greater good."
Dr. Teague states that, "We need to remember that decisions
are made around large tables of multiple interests with lots
of bright people from varying personal experiences. Pushing
away from that table assures one thing - our perspective
will never be heard and as a result has no ability to shape
a decision. However, that approach can be accomplished
without compromising core values. There is an important
distinction between reasoned compromise, which keeps a
seat at the decision table, and blind appeasement, which is
nothing more than hoping for the best."