Conflict management styles

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Conflict Management Styles

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OWL Collaborating I win, you win
Owls highly value their own goals and relationships. Theyview conflict as a problem to be solved and to seek solution that achieves both their goals and the goals of the other person. Owls see conflicts as a means of improving relationships by reducingtensions between two persons. They try to begin a discussion that identifies the conflict as a problem. By seeking solutions that satisfy both themselves and the other person, owls maintain therelationship. Owls are not satisfied until a solution is found that achieves their goals and the other person’s goals. They are not satisfied until the tensions and negative feelings have fully resolved.Turtle Avoiding You bend, I bend
Turtles withdraw into their shells to avoid conflicts. They give up their goals and relationships, they stay away from the issues over which the conflict is takingplace and from the persons they are in conflict with. Turtles believe it is easier to withdraw from a conflict than to face it.

Shark Competing I win, you lose
Sharks try to overpoweropponents by forcing them to accept their solution to the conflict. Their goals are highly important to them, and relationships are of minor importance. They seek to achieve their goals at all costs. Theyare not concerned with the needs of others and do not care if others like or accept them. Sharks assume that conflicts are settled by one person winning and one person losing. They want to be awinner. Winning gives sharks a sense of pride and achievement. Losing gives them a sense of weakness, inadequacy and failure. They try to win by attaching, overpowering, overwhelming, and intimidating.Teddy Bear Accommodating I lose, you win
To Teddy Bears, the relationship is of great importance while their own goals are of little importance. Teddy Bears want to be accepted and liked by...
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