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10 Steps for Conflict Resolution

  • Set a time and place for discussion.
  • Define the problem or issue of disagreement.
  • Talk about how each of you contributes to the problem.
  • List past attempts to resolve the issue that were unsuccessful.
  • Brainstorm new ways to resolve the conflict. List all possible solutions.
  • Discuss and evaluate these possible solutions.
  • Agree on one solution to try.
  • Agree on how each individual will work toward this solution.
  • Set up another meeting to discuss your progress.
  • Reward each other as you each contribute toward the solution.

Together Forever, Aid Association for Lutherans, Appleton, WI, 1997, p. 83