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There are different strategies for managing conflicts, which are usually learned in childhood and are triggered automatically. Categorizing conflict styles enable learning and appropriate usage of these styles.


Owl

Collaboration – I win, you win

+ Both sides get what they want without negative feelings, resulting in mutual trust, positive relationships, and commitments.

– Time and energy-consuming.

Owl

Shark

Competition – I take charge

+ Quick decisions without compromise which can be correct as well as incorrect = win or lose resolutions.

– The shark may seem hostile and arouse resentment.

Shark

Fox

Compromise – I bend, you bend

+ Cares about relationships and goals when solving complex issues without simple solutions, where all parties are equal in power, 50/50.

– Compromise may create less than optimal outcomes resulting in game playing.

Fox

Turtle

Avoidance – I leave

+ Maintaining relationships by not escalating a conflict can result in late and difficult conflict resolution.

– Conflicts remain unaddressed and unresolved, overusing may result in being walked all over.

Turtle

Teddybear

Accommodation – I give in

+ Accommodating when outmatched to maintain relationships, and minimize injury.

– May be taken advantage of, not be productive, breed resentment, and exploits the weak.

Teddybear

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