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Beyond the Rock and the Hard Place: How to Deal With Conflict More Effectively

Conflict management workshop and keynote

Beyond the Rock and the Hard Place

How to Deal with Conflict More Effectively


It’s critical for aspiring leaders to learn how to negotiate conflict. Whether we like it or not, we can count on it: any time people are involved, and given enough time, there will be conflict.


This popular session is available as a keynote, workshop, or as eLearning (online or on CD).

Conflict Management

I learned new techniques for dealing with conflict.

Great investment of time! 

Becky, Boeing



conflict management workshop and keynoteOne stakeholder says Zig. The other says Zag. No compromise in sight, but the project deadline looms closer on the horizon. The rock and the hard place—welcome to the world of managing people and projects! If it wasn’t for people, our jobs would be much easier, or so it seems at times!

Conflict is an inevitable issue when people are involved. We don’t have to like it but our ability to successfully deliver projects can depend on how we navigate conflict.

We invite you to bring this learning in-house as either a keynote for a company meeting or as a workshop for training your teams.  Your employees will discuss real world project conflict, including “conflict handling modes” that can help us get beyond the typical ways we may naturally approach conflict situations.

Course Objectives

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe more accurately what conflict is
  • Name the five conflict handling modes
  • Describe situations where each conflict handling mode applies
  • Identify skills that are important to develop to effectively use each conflict handling mode
  • Plan how to negotiate a conflict situation using the "DISARM" process
  • Identify the difference between positional and personal power, and how they relate to managing conflict
  • Describe pitfalls that can occur during conflict situations, and strategies to deal with them
  • Explain what collateral conflict is and how to deal with it
  • Qualify for additional contact hours for project managers pursuing their Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification or continuing education.

"PMI and PMP" are trademarks, service marks or certification marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc., which is registered in the United States and other nations.


Follow this link for more information about the eLearning edition of this conflict management workshop. You can start benefiting from this conflict management learning today!


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