Most businesses and all relationships experience tension, conflict and fighting. Whether these fights destroy your business or your relationship is found in one little secret. Differences of opinion in all areas of your business, from leadership style to strategic business plans, lie at the heart of many business fights. The secret to whether these differences destroy your company, or slow its growth is found in how you handle these differences when they arise that counts. This is as true for your success in business as it is for success in relationships. In a healthy marriage, a couple views their relationship as a partnership – they are on the same team. In the pursuit of victory, what is good for one team member is good for the entire team. When conflict transforms your relationship from being on the same team and turns it into a competition, the relationship becomes adversarial and perhaps even toxic. You know you are in a toxic relationship if either partner has to win an argument or disagreement at all cost, taking priority over the integrity and intimacy of the marriage. Conflict within a competitive relationship creates a winner and a loser. In business, if conflict turns the relationship among team members into a competition – the company loses.
Conflict is an opportunity to grow your business by formulating creative ideas in search of a resolution to a problem; and in your relationship it is an opportunity to develop a deeper more meaningful relationship with your spouse based on the ability to understand and respect differences. Conflict handled in a productive, respectful, positive manner provides an opportunity for growth which eventually strengthens the bonds among business relationships and interpersonal relationships. Therefore, conflict is a necessity in business and life – rather than something to be avoided.
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