Dear constructive conflict,
We’ve known you all our lives.
We watched our elders acknowledge that you’re vital to communication, or refuse to.
You were always present in our homes and schools.
You will always be part of our work lives and personal relationships.
You help us find our beliefs and push us to lift our voices for causes that matter.
You reveal others’ unique positions when we’re brave enough to listen.
Without you, we’d never admit that we see the world from one limited perspective, our own.
Because of you, we’ve learned our way is not the only way, there’s often more than one way.
You remind us that those we see as dead wrong or out to get us may have positive intentions.
You bring anguish at times, anger and shouting – but you should not be confused with abusive communication. You have the power to restore harmony.
You allow emotional release when we can’t find a solution and tears arrive.
You encourage us to find coaches and counselors to guide us through rough waters.
You help us identify our purpose.
You encourage tough discussions that lead to higher ground with co-workers, friends, enemies, strangers, and families.
You’re a worthy puzzle that requires brain and heart working together to solve.
You shape our workplace culture.
You shape our family dynamics.
You’re never the same thing twice.
You keep us growing as communicators, and we’re grateful.
Are you dealing with a career or communication challenge?
Write to Michelle@GladieuxConsulting.com for confidential consideration.
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