• Nature of conflict
• Importance of climate and ground rules
• Types of conflict
• Focusing on interests, not positions
• Avoiding groupthink
• Values about conflict
A previous discussion about relationships and climate provides important background for this chapter. Conflict: how it emerges, whether it is valued or discouraged, and ways in which it is managed all affect and are affected by climate. In this chapter, I talk first about the nature of conflict; then discuss the importance of climate and ground rules; the types of conflict, both issue-based and personal, that might occur; the value in focusing on interests rather than positions “for” or “against” an issue; and behaviors to look for in our quest to avoid ...