Conflict Management Plan

1. Identify the available conflict management strategies and their strengths and weaknesses.
Strategy
Strengths

Weaknesses
Collaboration
Makes the team stronger while building morale. Ability to problem solve. Sharing in responsibility Not sharing same ideas
Causes most popular vote
Can be time consuming while coming to an agreement
Competition
Forces team to think outside the box for better results
Cause team members to disagree and never reach a solution
Avoidance
Refocuses team to real problem
Takes personal feelings out of the issue
Problem still exist
Team relationship becomes tainted
Accommodation
Allows the team to come to a resolution by giving and taking
Requires some team members ideas to be put on the back burner
Compromise
Allows team to come to a solution in a timely manner
May effect team negatively if one member feels they compromise more than others
2. Which of the available conflict management strategies is most appropriate for the current situation with Clyde and Dan? Provide your rationale, including what factors you considered in making your selection. Your response should be at least 100 words.
The most appropriate conflict management strategy for the current situation is collaboration. I feel if both men are brought together to discuss their issues in a non-hostile environment then the real problem will present itself. This will allow both team members to voice their opinions and a resolution can be offered up.
Once the problem is in the open they can focus on how to resolve it. I made this selection because it sounds like maybe it could be a personality conflict with a lot of he said she said. The only way to resolve it is to know what the real problem is. The only way to know that is to bring the men together to talk about it.
3. If the selected strategy is not successful, what is your alternate strategy? Provide your rationale for this selection. Your response should be at least 100 words.
If the first strategy is not successful then the next option is avoidance. This will force the team members to put their personal feeling toward each other aside so that they can focus on the project. Team members will not always get along. How they feel about each other can be a problem, but as long as they can put those feelings aside for the betterment of the team then they can focus on the common goal. As long each of the of participating and sharing the work load the team can be successful.
4. What potential road blocks might be encountered in resolving the conflict? How would you address these? Your response should be at least 100 words.
Some potential road blocks is the team members are hell bent on not working together. When every option for resolving the problem has been exhausted then there may be a need for different measures. The idea is to keep the team together and focused on the project. If the actions of these two men lower the morale of the team and make it impossible to work together then it is my recommendation both team members be replaced. The focus is the team and the project.