When Faced With A Conflict, Use Creative Thinking

Posted By on June 1st

Many times a solution to a conflict requires creative thinking. Many of us have a difficult time, however, being creative. Our daily tasks encourage us to be ritualistic, methodical, and predictable. It simply makes life easier. However, when faced with a conflict, it’s usually time to put in gear our creative thinking.

Recent Amazing Race winner, Nat Strand, has been recognized for her ability to endure the rugged, globetrotting scavenger hunt while managing her Type 1 diabetes. Strand and her teammate, Kat Chang, had to carry all of Strand’s equipment and medicine without assistance from the production crew. Strand was poking her finger numerous times each day in cars, boats, and other unusual locations. She had to protect and work with the insulin pump attached to her. She had to maintain her controlled diet in unexpected locations and eating unfamiliar food.

In an interview after winning the competition, Strand said, “As a diabetic, you’re very used to getting yourself out of a jam—like if you get low somewhere or you accidentally rip your pump out, or you run out of insulin or strips faster than you thought—you get pretty resourceful. It breeds this part of you that gets creative about dealing with adversity, and finding solutions to adversity is the biggest advantage in the Race, and in life.”

There have also been studies that show when we have challenges and limited choices, our brain goes into a problem solving mode. Creativity can lead to surprising and effective solutions.

When you are in the midst of a conflict, try imagining that you have some non-existent handicaps or limitations. It will force your brain to work more creatively, which may allow you to recognize some less obvious choices.

About the author

Keith Grossman helps individuals and businesses negotiate and manage conflict more comfortably. Keith is a Collaborative Attorney, a Family and Circuit Civil mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Florida, an Arbitrator qualified by the Florida Supreme Court, and an educator. Keith frequently lectures and facilitates training programs, works with individuals one-on-one, and writes articles on conflict management and negotiation topics. His e-workbooks, “What Is A Peace Chest?” and “How Do You Build A Peace Chest?“ are now available on Kindle.


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