Cool Down Before Addressing Conflict


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It’s tough to be rational when you’re upset or angry. If you’re having a conflict with a colleague and feel worked up, you’re unlikely to make good decisions about what to say or do.

o Rather than jumping into the discussion right away, buy yourself some time.

o Explain to your colleague that you need to think through the issue before coming back to it. (Don’t tell the other person that they need to calm down — that’s likely to upset them further.)

o If things are really heated, you can simply walk away. Leave the room, go to the bathroom, or take a walk outside to give yourself a chance to cool down. When you feel ready to make a thoughtful choice about how to proceed, you can return to the discussion.

Adapted from the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, by Amy Gallo

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