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393. Mastering Workplace Conflict with Karin Hurt

In this episode of The Brainy Business podcast, host Melina Palmer and Karin Hurt, esteemed author of Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, delve into the art of turning office disputes into constructive conversations. Discover Karin’s proven strategies from her extensive leadership experience and learn how to embrace the four C’s—Connection, Clarity, Curiosity, and Commitment—to transform workplace tensions into collaborative triumphs. 

Gain insights into practical phrases and tactics that not only navigate but enrich the dynamics of workplace interaction, fostering an environment where healthy conflict leads to innovative outcomes and stronger teams. Whether you’re managing remote teams or navigating the intricacies of an office setting, this episode offers invaluable expertise for anyone looking to enhance their conflict resolution skills and cultivate a culture of open communication and psychological safety. Prepare to be empowered with the tools to handle even the most challenging conflicts with grace and resolve.

In this episode:

  • Mastering Strategies for Handling Workplace Conflict: Learn effective techniques to navigate and resolve conflicts in the workplace, fostering a harmonious and productive team environment.
  • Building Human Connection in Leadership: Cultivate the essential skill of building strong human connections as a leader, leading to improved team dynamics and collaboration.
  • Setting Clear Expectations: Understand the crucial impact of setting clear expectations, leading to enhanced productivity and reduced misunderstandings within the team.
  • Using Powerful Phrases for Conflict Resolution: Acquire powerful phrases and communication tactics to effectively resolve conflicts, leading to smoother interactions and reduced workplace tension.
  • Leveraging Constructive Conflict in Teams: Discover the advantages of embracing and managing constructive conflict within teams, leading to enhanced creativity and innovative problem-solving capabilities.
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00:00:00 – Introduction
Melina introduces Karin Hurt, the coauthor of Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict. Karin shares her background and the work she does.

00:03:41 – Grounding the Book in Research and Structuring the Content
Karin discusses the importance of grounding the book in research and how they structured the content to provide practical tools and techniques for dealing with workplace conflict. She highlights the use of expert insights and short chapters for quick reference.

00:11:30 – The Four C’s of Constructive Workplace Conflict
Karin explains the four dimensions of constructive workplace conflict – human connection, clarity, curiosity, and collaboration. She provides examples of powerful phrases and strategies for each dimension to navigate conflict effectively.

00:14:00 – The Importance of Connection and Clarity
Karin delves into the significance of human connection and shared understanding in conflict resolution. She emphasizes the need for genuine curiosity and interest in other perspectives to navigate workplace conflict effectively.

00:15:32 – Constructive Conflict
Karin explains the four dimensions of constructive conflict: human connection, curiosity, clarity, and commitment, and emphasizes the importance of scheduling follow-up to ensure next steps are agreed upon.

00:16:50 – Importance of Combination
Karin emphasizes the importance of the four dimensions working in combination and the need for human connection in conflict resolution.

00:18:20 – Building Relationships
Karin stresses the importance of genuine human connection and building relationships, particularly in a remote working environment, to approach conflicts with understanding and empathy.

00:23:29 – Check for Understanding
Karin shares the concept of a “check for understanding” in communication and how it can prevent misunderstandings and save time, emphasizing its effectiveness in professional and personal interactions.

00:29:58 – The Value of Prioritizing and Asking for Help
Karin shares a powerful phrase from a past boss about the importance of prioritizing tasks and being aligned with your manager on what can be dropped if necessary. She emphasizes the importance of asking for help and prioritizing the most important tasks.

00:32:01 – The Importance of Advocating for Your Needs
Karin discusses the importance of advocating for what you need and having the courage to ask for help when feeling overwhelmed. She highlights that it’s better to ask for help than to risk making mistakes due to feeling overwhelmed.

00:34:36 – Initiating Conversations About Feeling Overwhelmed
Karin provides tips for initiating conversations with managers about feeling overwhelmed. She emphasizes the importance of expressing commitment to doing a good job and seeking help to make the workload more manageable.

00:36:43 – Embracing Conflict as a Path to Better Results
Karin discusses the value of conflict in the workplace, emphasizing that not all conflict is bad. She shares examples from her own experience and highlights the importance of embracing conflict as a way to achieve better results and foster open communication within teams.

00:40:33 – Conclusion
What stuck with you while listening to the episode? What are you going to try? Come share it with Melina on social media — you’ll find her as @thebrainybiz everywhere and as Melina Palmer on LinkedIn.


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