Conflict Resolution in Project Teams (Don’t Let It Derail Your Project!)

Adriana Girdler

Essential tactics for thriving through turbulence on your project Dealing with conflict is not something anyone really likes to do. But as a project manager, …

Essential tactics for thriving through turbulence on your project

Dealing with conflict is not something anyone really likes to do. But as a project manager, it is something you need to know how to handle.

You do not have to solve every conflict on your own, but to keep your projects moving along smoothly, you need to know what to do when conflicts show up.

Here are some tips that will help with conflict resolution in your project teams:

Encourage open communication

As a project manager it’s your job to have great communication with your team. Setting this up from the very beginning – and then asking people for their input as you go – will help you resolve conflicts down the road.

How do you do this?

Start by setting up clear expectations from the start of your project and ensure you clearly communicate the vision and goals of your project.

A culture of openness will ensure that when conflicts do pop up, you can deal with them immediately  because you’ve encouraged a tone of open communication from day one.

Understand the source

Before you can deal with a conflict within your project, you have to understand where it’s coming from.

Is it stemming from the overall activities of your project, or from a single person?

It’s important to distinguish this because the source of the conflict will determine how you’ll handle it.

More tips for conflict resolution success

I have several more conflict resolution tips to help you navigate stormy waters as a project manager. Check out the video I made covering all the ins and outs of conflict resolution on project teams.

Follow me over to YouTube and we’ll keep chatting about this!

If you want to ensure you not only resolve all your project conflicts but also have a super successful project, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement to make every project successful. 

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management™ 

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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