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  Home > eLearning > Beyond the Rock and the Hard Place eLearning Edition

Beyond the Rock and the Hard Place

eLearning Edition

Our popular workshop on conflict, available now online or on CD

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.


Our popular workshop is available in an eLearning version on CD or online. 

Course Description


I learned new techniques for dealing with conflict.

Great investment of time! 

Becky, Boeing

One 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!

We have worked with tens of thousands of people from hundreds of companies, helping them deliver their projects, become more confident leaders, take focused action, and to achieve the results they desire while maintaining a balanced life. We have found you don’t have to like conflict but your ability to successfully & consistently deliver results can depend on how confidently you navigate conflict.

A CEO of a consulting firm was concerned that his leadership team and consultants were too often just giving in when confronted by clients. The result was project scope creep and reduced margins. After having their employees take a conflict mode assessment and seeing the consolidated results, they learned practical strategies to more confidently and effectively deal with conflict situations without sacrificing client relationships.


I found the methodologies and systemic approach really interesting for dealing conflict. The two dimensional model of conflict handling behavior was new to me. I was able to relate myself with the five conflict handling modes. I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop!


Course Objectives

By the end of this workshop, 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 3 additional contact hours for project managers pursuing their Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification or continuing education.
  • Qualify for .3 CEU's (click here to learn more about how our CEU process works).

By the Numbers

  • 3 contact hours (1.5 hours online, 1.5 hours of exercises)
  • 48 page Participant Guide
  • 2 Quizzes
  • 4 Exercises

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