Article Link: http://www.childcareexchange.com/article/referee-or-team-builder/5016068/Nine blind men encountered an elephant. Each walked around the elephant, rubbing, studying, and talking to it before announcing, with confidence, his conclusion. Each offered one of the following descriptions: A big city, a giant snake, a flexible spear, a tree trunk, frayed rope, a big fan, a thick rug, a mighty pillar, a solid wall, a wide sail.
â€" A tale from the oral tradition
There are as many different definitions of conflict as there are reasons for conflict. For the purpose of this discussion, I offer the following definition:
â€śConflict is the struggle for something that is scarce or thought to be scarce. In a group, it may be attention, power, status, influence, the right to fill a role, and so onâ€ť (Johnson, 1992).
Do these scenarios sound familiar?
â€˘ Barbara and Claire canâ€™t stand each other.
â€˘ Sarah has the children in her classroom bless the food before they eat.
â€˘ Management wants this today and that tomorrow.
â€˘ Before Donna can do something, she has to ask a million questions.
â€˘ Four months ago, you scheduled the conference room for 2 p.m. today. A red â€śDo Not Disturbâ€ť sign hangs from the doorknob.
â€˘ Jennifer makes you uncomfortable because you ...