— A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.” Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.” —
ARE GUNS BAD? Maybe…maybe not. Why can’t we rifles just be thought of as tools? Plainly, we get used for ill or for good. Someone chooses how to use us. A choice is involved.
Here’s a truism: You can’t avoid conflict when you work with people. Here’s another: People are different—different from you, that is. A lot of managing conflict is managing differences. There are different backgrounds, beliefs, expectations, perceptions, goals, and on and on. You fan the conflict fires when you try to extinguish differences. Instead, try using differences to your advantage. Find positive aspects. That may mean establishing a goal toward which all can marshal their differences. It may mean expressing appreciation for differences and then leveraging them for ideas. The beginning projects the end: You choose how to use the tool of difference.