Conflict within Small Groups Response

Conflict within Small Groups Response


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Small groups are bound to experience conflicts. This may come in the shape of destructive or constructive conflict in dealing with presenting issues. I agree with the author about destructive conflict resulting in inefficiency and reduced productivity due to competing issues arising, wasted time, and unsolved problems (Dupuy, 2017). Constructive conflict allows for better communication, emotional address, and a cooperative exchange of ideas leading to mission and goal realization. On this constructive conflict point, I further agree with the author about differing ideas being put to productive use. I agree with the author that there is importance in seeking professional advice, but there is also hope in a sensible exchange of ideas with respect, resulting in a more professional approach in disagreements. Secret ballots help encourage more respect towards each other, on top of encouraging free sharing of ideas without fear of judgment (Harris, 2012). Lastly, application of the problem solving process in disagreements helps eliminate bias while encouraging a more professional approach to disagreements. The group members are able to respect each other’s ideas on the basis of the process and smooth group functioning. In summary, the author is clear on constructive feedback as the best way to go when disagreements arise, especially if this aids in improving employee relationships and organizational goals.


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