The presence of climate change is real. And the climate is heating up the planet.
Everywhere on earth there are objects expelling hot air, and other gases, that serve to create a harmful climate.
And the climate that’s being created is the opposite of creative, nurturing and balanced.
Changing the climate of the planet is hard, but changing the conflict climate of an organization, filled with people with their own ideas, has to be focused on disrupting four areas:
- Power abuse and threats
- Unhealthy competition
- Endemic distrust
- Defensive behaviors
And the conflict climate where the psychological atmosphere is balanced in favor of these four areas (rather than in another direction) is bound to experience negative change.
This is particularly true when the conflict management tools used regularly in an organization, are focused in areas that support power, competition, distrust, and defensiveness, such as litigation and policy regulation.
This is also true when the conflict continuum is focused on escalation, and continuing comfortable levels of dysfunction, without seeking to break apart the underlying psychological processes.
Global climate change didn’t happen in a vacuum, and neither does changing the conflict climate of an organization.
Originally published on January 26, 2015.
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