Have you ever experienced the conflict within yourself? Many of us would have experienced without realizing what it is. I would like to share few scenarios of my life where I have contradicted myself and how it helped to create the self-awareness within me.
From a personal perspective:
What is Right to me may not be “RIGHT” to my spouse?
I always want my son to do things perfect in his studies and sports which is my primary concern all the time, whereas my spouse always wants to take care of my son’ interests and happiness emotionally. Who is wrong here? None. Who is right? Perhaps, both. We both have very different standpoint but the same mission in the upbringing of our son. Hence, it’s obvious that we get into conflict when I try to impose do things against his interest. To avoid confrontation, which might escalate to arguments, she tends to downplay when I am around and makes the child to complete school work and studies before my return from work.
It is like racing on thin ice. Most of the times, we do our best to avoid the situation that might result in conflict/argument. My spouse' maxims in managing my son need to be balanced with my own principles to instill discipline. Eventually, we respect the institution of marriage/family rather than self. The more we kill the self, the better will be our family life. Is that right? I agree.
From a professional point of view:
What is Right to me may not be “RIGHT” to my employer?
Moving onto a professional realm, what appears right to you may not be so with your colleague or manager. There are always differences in opinion. As the saying goes, “ When two partners always agree, one of them is not necessary."
When the crew has the same objective, there can be a different approach in accomplishments. Conflict or difference of opinion arises in the professional life when the objective, level of urgency and priority differs. Rifts can be resolved when we align, with an open mind that there exist different ways and means to achieve the goal. There is a streak of self-righteousness in all of us, making us ‘Right’ always. Is that right? Certainly not. You must be willing to listen to others’ opinion and perspective and for all you know, they might be right or you can be proven wrong. Its all about objectivity and a sense of rationality.
What I learned so far in my professional life: get your objectives aligned with your Stakeholders' objectives/Vision/Mission to avoid most of the conflicts. When we work in an organization, there could be more ways to achieve the mission and not necessarily only one way. Always focus towards the end results without allowing yourself into petty squabbles of who is Right. It’s alright if you are not right. No one is, for that matter all the time correct. We are not picture perfect with a vision of 20/20. Don’t get deviated. The less we spend on proving self, the more we focus on our objectives & goals and eventually become productive and promising.
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