Making Conflict Work in a Community Organization

Conflict can be constructive. Managed well, it promotes change and adaptation and builds awareness of self and others. It can even strengthen relationships and heighten morale. Managed poorly however, conflict can also be destructive. Its ability to hurt individuals and damage relationships is what affects us most because, despite our effort to tell ourselves not to, we often take it personally.

Volunteering offers an opportunity for people to bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives to an important conversation. When individuals with strong convictions work together - even on a shared goal - there will often be differences; how we engage and manage those differences determines whether such conflict will get in the way of our collective wisdom or enables it to emerge.

This workshop is all about identifying points of conflict and finding ways to leverage constructive conflict in a community, volunteer, or non-profit organization.

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how and why conflict happens in volunteer organizations
  • Understand conflict style and how to adjust to create common understanding
  • Use new skills and models in resolving conflict and improving relationships for the betterment of the organization

About the Facilitator

Nasmyth.jpgGuy Nasmyth, PhD is a consultant, trainer and educator working in the areas of leadership and human systems. He is also associate faculty working at Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Guy has been studying leadership since the late nineties, first exploring the various theories and more recently contributing with his own theories and publications.

Guy’s most recent research including his doctoral studies has focused on collaboration and leadership as a shared or distributed phenomenon. His most recent publication, The Dance of Joyful Leadership, appears in the edited book, Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity, published by Jossey-Bass.   

May 31, 2016 at 9am - 12pm
Yakimovich Centre, Hillside Seniors' Health Centre
1454 Hillside Ave
Victoria, BC V8T 2B7
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