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How to promote collaborative conflict resolution?

Collaborative dispute resolution is a process where two or more involved parties work together to find a mutually satisfactory solution to their differences.

Rather than resorting to violence, litigation, or other forms of competition, the parties involved try to reach an agreement through a process of negotiation and collaboration. This process usually involves the use of a neutral mediator or facilitator, who helps the parties identify their underlying needs and interests and find creative solutions to their differences. Rather than just focusing on the demands and positions of the parties, collaborative conflict resolution focuses on finding solutions that meet the needs of all parties involved. Collaborative dispute resolution is an effective approach to dealing with a wide variety of conflicts, from family disputes and neighborhood conflicts to business and international disputes. This approach is many times faster, less costly, and less traumatic than other forms of conflict resolution, and it can help preserve important relationships between the parties involved. Here are some suggestions for promoting collaborative conflict resolution between parties: Open and clear communication Establish clear and open communication between the parties involved. This includes listening carefully to each party's concerns and perspectives and clearly expressing your own concerns and views. Focus on needs and interests Rather than just focusing on positions and demands, try to uncover the underlying needs and interests of each stakeholder. This can help find solutions that meet the needs of all parties. Identify areas of agreement Try to identify areas where the parties agree and use these areas of agreement as a basis for building a solution. This can help create a more collaborative environment and reduce hostility between parties. Seek creative solutions Try to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions that can satisfy the needs of all parties involved. Sometimes it can be helpful to bring in a mediator or facilitator to help find solutions. Focus on the solution, not the problem Instead of focusing on the problems and causes of conflict, try focusing on possible solutions. This can help keep the discussion positive and prevent parties from getting trapped in negative cycles of blaming and blaming. Stay calm and objective It is important to remain calm and objective during conflict resolution. This can help keep emotions from running high and allow the parties to focus on resolving the conflict. Commitment to the solution Finally, for conflict resolution to be effective, all parties involved must be committed to finding a solution. This may require parties to make concessions and compromises to reach a mutually acceptable solution. With these techniques you will resolve conflicts much more effectively and collaboratively. Octavio Alves Jr is an International Executive, Soft Skills Trainer, Leadership Specialist, MBA Professor at FGV, Podcaster and columnist for Gente Mais Portal.

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