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Conflict management - essential to organizational performance

Organizations are made up of employees who differ in personal characteristics and experience. To be effective as an organization, those members must reach agreements on goals, make good decisions about how to achieve those goals, and help each other accomplish their activities – despite their differences. Being able to reconcile differences and to handle conflict constructively is a key determinant of organizational performance.

The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI®) is the leading measure of conflict-handling modes. One of the reasons for the Thomas-Kilmann’s popularity is that it shows how each conflict mode can be useful for dealing with conflict in certain situations. The TKI® allows people to appreciate the value of their own conflict styles and also learn the value of other styles as well. Using the Thomas-Killmann assessment allows people to focus and build on their strengths.

The TKI® has proven to be extremely helpful in team building

The Thomans-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument is widely used for helping both new and established teams at all organizational levels – from front line staff to senior management teams. It is also used across a wide variety of private and public sector organizations.

Using the TKI® assessment with new teams helps members get acquainted with each other’s conflict styles, identify potential challenges, and set goals for how they should handle conflict as a group.

With established teams, the Thomas-Kilmann helps team members make sense of the different conflict behaviors that have been occurring within the team, identify the team’s challenges in managing conflict, and find constructive ways to handle those challenges.

What are the Conflict-Handling Modes assessed by the TKI® tool?

The Thomas-Kilmann describes five different conflict modes and places them on two dimensions:

  • Assertiveness – the degree to which a person tries to satisfy their own concerns
  • Cooperativeness – the degree to which a person tries to satisfy other people’s concerns.

The FIVE Modes:

COMPETING

Assertive and uncooperative

You try to satisfy your own concerns at your teammate’s expense.

COLLABORATING

Assertive and cooperative

You try to find a win-win solution that completely satisfies both your concerns and your teammate’s concerns.

COMPROMISING

Intermediate in both assertiveness and cooperativeness

You try to find an acceptable settlement that only partially satisfies your concerns and those of your teammate.

AVOIDING

Unassertive and uncooperative

You sidestep the conflict without trying to satisfy your concerns or those of your teammate.

ACCOMMODATING

Unassertive and cooperative

You attempt to satisfy your teammate’s concerns at the expense of your own.

Why do so many organizations use the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument?

The tki®:

  • Is easy to complete, the short 30 item questionnaire takes only a few minutes and can be administered online before your workshop or in paper booklet onsite
  • Delivers a pragmatic, situational approach to conflict resolution, change management, leadership development, communication, employee retention, and more
  • Enables your organization to open productive dialogue about conflict
  • Can be used as a stand-alone tool by individuals, in a group learning process, as part of a structured training program workshop
  • Has an available Facilitator’s Guide that will ensure your workshop is a success with three different workshop formats including: group activities, presentation ideas PowerPoint slides.

 


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