“The one constant problem with office politics is that 1) most people start the conflict themselves without realizing it and 2) most people don’t realize that they are involved in a game until it is too late. ” – Timothy Johnson, Iowa Biz
I really don’t like conflict. It is uncomfortable to me and I would prefer resolve a situation sooner rather than later. But that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally create it.
Don’t misunderstand me – I am not a drama fan and don’t intentional create conflict. However, it happens none the less. It is the law of unintended consequences – action you take may have results that you had not considered or desired.
And, of course, there are those that thrive on a good dose of discontent. Not my cup of tea. I steer clear of them when I can and get the job done quick when I can’t.
Therefore, reality states that conflict is darn near inevitable. We all must deal with it. More importantly, we must be prepared to bite the bullet and take responsibility when it is created by our own doings.
Today I want to encourage you know yourself. Understand that there are three sides to every story. Know that when conflict arises, the only part of the equation you can control is you. Life is far to short to dwell in the uneasy.
It’s Toastmasters Ya’ll
When I was stationed in Chicago, I had the opportunity to participate in Toastmasters. Once I moved back home, the clubs available were not conducive to my schedule. What is one to do?
Wrangle up a group of friends and start your own! That is just what we have done in Richmond Hill. We are hoping you will come out and join us.
Our group has not officially chartered and we are looking for folks to fill some important slots. Never done Toastmasters? Don’t worry – neither have many of our new members!
Meetings are held every Monday morning, 8:30am at Magnolia Manor. Feel free to contact me if you need any further information. I’ll even tell you how we got out name!
Today’s quote was found at the collaborative blog Iowa Biz