Our Definition of Conflict
The general definition of conflict has different but similar explanations, for example: According to merriam-webster.com: Competitive or opposing action of incompatibles: antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons). Mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands.According to: wordnetweb.princeton.edu: An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals). A state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests.According to wikipedia.org: Conflict is actual or perceived opposition of needs, values and interests. A conflict can be internal (within oneself) or external (between two or more individuals).Etc., etc., etc., …
In contrast, our definition is designed to be a practical tool for anyone responsible for a team, to greatly improve decision-making capacity within an organizational context. In other words, our definition exists within the specific managerial decision-making needs:
Our definition of Conflict:Conflict is inevitable – to try to ignore conflict or to try to suppress it is suicidal for the team.On the contrary, when conflict is well handled, it is a positive force for creativity, for change, and for strategic decision-making.
To learn how to handle conflict constructively, see our conflict resolution tips page.
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