A lack of conflict isn’t necessarily a sign of a like-minded, fully-aligned group with a project that is humming along smoothly. On the contrary, it usually means that essential conflict isn’t happening, resulting in disengaged team members and the rare, honest conversations happening in the shadows.
Sometimes it seems like working in a group is synonymous with conflict. If there’s a notable issue between colleagues, chances are tensions have been mounting for some time. To avoid damaging the team’s ability to work well together, it’s important to address the possibility of conflict directly before it comes to a head. While dealing with conflict is unpleasant for most, five exercises described in this article can help improve a team’s conflict management skills.