Productive Conflict: How can you empower yourself and others to embrace conflict?

Mar 28, 2018 Tips

Have you ever found yourself engaged in an argument with a colleague? Perhaps confronting a peer over priorities? Or debating over work style differences? Maybe you’ve encountered personality clashes?

Conflict in the workplace is uncomfortable, stressful… and inevitable. But it is possible to transform difference and disagreement into positive outcomes.

Enter, productive conflict.

Productive conflict is defined as “an open exchange of conflicting or differing ideas in which parties feel equally heard, respected, and unafraid to voice dissenting opinions for the purpose of reaching a mutually comfortable resolution.”

What are the benefits of productive conflict?

  • It opens our eyes to new ideas.
  • It creates a more enriched work environment.
  • It moves teams forward.
  • It encourages us to listen.
  • It allows all voices to be heard.
  • It teaches us flexibility.
  • It increases productivity.

Alternatively, unproductive conflict is described as “an argument, especially a repetitive one, without resolution, that leaves both parties feeling more angry and frustrated.” This type of conflict tears down relationships, creates competition, encourages avoidance, breeds anger and fighting, and causes division.

Is workplace conflict building your team? Or breaking it down?

Harness the power of workplace conflict with us at during a brand new Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict program in June. This public program helps learners curb destructive behaviors so conflict becomes productive, improving workplace results and relationships. You’ll learn how your DiSC style reacts to conflict and discover the reasons behind destructive responses to disagreement. You’ll also learn how to step back and reframe productive responses to conflict situations.

Details of the Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict below:

DATE: June 12, 2018
TIME: 7:30am - noon
LOCATION: Prince Conference Center, Calvin College
COST: $350

The cost includes the brand new Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict Assessment and participation in the brand new Productive Conflict program being released by Wiley in April 2018.

Register here


Campbell, Sherrie. The 10 Benefits of Conflict, Entrepreneur, 28 July 2016. Accessed 28 Mar. 2018 
Valentine, Matt. What is Productive Conflict and Why Should You Care?, Goalcast, 20 Feb. 2018. Accessed 28 Mar. 2018



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