What Is Conflict Coaching?

Private sessions with a trained coach that explore your conflict-related needs and goals in order to develop a practical, well-rehearsed strategy for achieving those goals.

What Are The Benefits Of Conflict Management Coaching?

It is useful in workplace settings, schools, commercial transactions, family relationships or any situation where humans need to negotiate. The goal is to meet your needs with a minimum of turmoil for all concerned.

Conflict coaching has become popular for its ability to enhance:

  • practical negotiation skills
  • confidence in facing confrontation 
  • skills of assertive communication
  • self-awareness and self-management
  • insight into the viewpoint of others 
  • understanding personal patterns of conflict engagement or avoidance 
  • preparation for difficult negotiations

How Does It Work?

The coaching relationship typically grows through four stages:  

Stage One: Explore the client’s goals, anticipate obstacles, clarify commitment

Stage Two: Develop a range of strategies in response to potential negotiation scenarios 

Stage Three: Train in and rehearse strategies invented in stage two

Stage Four: Debrief, fine tune and evaluate results 

Is Coaching Another Word For Therapy?

No.  Coaching shares some features of psycho-therapy; yet it remains distinctly different.  

Like therapy, it can be therapeutic, it involves relationship with a supportive professional, and it asks for open discussion of personal matters.  

Unlike therapy coaching:

  • does not diagnose illness or attempt to resolve underlying psychological issues, 
  • seeks strategies and skills to address particular social situations, not for personal analysis,
  • is task-focused, undertaken over a brief span of time.

Is Coaching Right For You?

Everyone experiences interpersonal conflict.  Improved dispute-resolving attitudes, strategies and skills can make a difference. Choose coaching if it is important for you to gain skills and strategies quickly. It might be right for you if:

  • you avoid conflict so much your needs often go unmet and something right now is important
  • your get so upset in your current conflict that you often over-react and don’t think clearly 
  • you are a lifelong student of personal growth