Conflict in a community organization can be incredibly frustrating for all involved. If everyone is there as a volunteer, and they have the same overall goals in mind, why does it happen so often? And how can people learn how to move through the conflict and on to productive and happy working relationships?
These are some of the issues addressed by facilitator Guy Nasmyth in the workshop Making Conflict Work In A Community Organization, part of the Leading in Community series presented by Leadership Victoria.
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 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 enable it to emerge.
Managed well, conflict 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.
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
Time: May 31, 2016 - 9:00 am - 12:00pm
Location: Yakimovich Centre, Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, 1454 Hillside Ave, Victoria
Cost: $30, $10 for seniors and unwaged