Course Description

The differences people bring to the workplace can promote tremendous creativity and innovation.

Those same differences also can contribute to misunderstandings, which can lead to discord and, if left unresolved, dispute. Individual performers need to know how to navigate beyond conflict to prevent damage from occurring efficiently.

Course Outline

In this course, individual performers learn how to recognize the warning signs of conflict and take action to prevent situations from escalating or to work out the conflict if it does intensify. This allows them to mitigate any negative impact, thus reducing the cost of conflict and improving business results.

  • Conflict’s Destination—Damage or Discovery:  Learners participate in a simulation that demonstrates the effects of conflict on relationships.  Participants work in groups to identify the causes, costs, and benefits of conflict on themselves, their team, and the organization.  Learners explore how conflict can escalate in stages from unresolved differences to discord to dispute, and contribute to a list of signs that warn of escalation. 
  • Preventing Escalation:  Participants determine roadblocks to taking action to resolve the conflict.  They take a self-assessment that reveals their strengths and development areas in using the Key Principles in a conflict situation.  The facilitator discusses conflict “crossroads,” and volunteers role-play a crossroads scenario, using Key Principles to defuse the situation. 
  • Resolving Conflict—Work it Out:  Learners watch a video of an ineffective approach to resolution, and they are introduced to a better method by working out the conflict using interaction process skills.  Learners view a real model video of a conflict resolution discussion and discuss the skills that are used efficiently.  
  • Applying Your Conflict Resolution Skills:  Learners reprise their roles from the opening simulation and engage in two rounds of skill practicing, using Discussion Planners to conduct conflict resolution discussions.  After each round, learners give each other feedback on their use of the skills.  In teams, learners discuss how to address challenging conflict situations and share their ideas with the large group. 
  • Removing Roadblocks and Setting Next Steps:  Participants work in groups to formulate suggestions for overcoming another group’s roadblocks from earlier in the course.  A group spokesperson shares the opinions with the class.  Learners determine their next steps for navigating beyond the conflict in the future and building trusting relationships with colleagues. 

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Reduce the cost of conflict to them and their organization
  • Minimize or prevent conflict by promoting a culture of trust, mutual respect, and collaboration
  • Make appropriate choices, both in words and actions, to direct situations away from possible damage and toward the discovery of new ideas and solutions
  • Remove roadblocks to proactively taking action when the warning signs of conflict occur
  • Successfully plan and conduct conflict resolution discussions. 


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It is suggested that participants complete Communication: Connect through Conversations prior to taking this course.


"I recommend this training because it helps me to prevent and resolve conflict."

Spring 2019 Participant


"The instructor was very interactive and knowledgeable." 

Fall 2019 Participant 


"This class was exactly what I needed to provide with with healthy tools to navigate beyond conflict. The instructor is phenomenally patient and thorough. They allowed time for students to share and learn how to apply this to their work life. This entire series has been truly exceptional. As a new leader, the tools I have aquired through these classes have been the backbone of how I'm navigating my leadership role in order to properly serve and support our team. Thank you Washington University TLC."

Spring 2019 Participant 

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Virtual: Instructor Led
3:00PM to 7:00PM
Dec 11, 2023
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Course Fee(s)
MGT663 non-credit $595.00
Section Notes

Enrollment Deadline is Monday, December 4, 2023 at 5 PM CST.  Beyond this date, please call 314-935-4444 to register.

THIS IS A VIRTUAL COURSE--Attendee can participate from a location of their choosing. The live instructor teaches the course and provides the opportunity for remote attendees to participate in discusses and exercises with both in-person and remote attendees. Some courses involve hands-on activities and labs. These activities are performed via a secure cloud-accessible environment. Live online courses are through Zoom; Video camera, microphone and speakers are necessary to participate in this class.


A full refund will be given when a registrant cancels more than five business days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations received within 5 business days of the start of the class and no-shows will be billed in full. Another person may be substituted at any time at no additional charge. 
A request to transfer a class to a future date can only occur if the request is more than 5 business days prior to the start of class.  Otherwise, the request will be considered a cancellation and the policy will apply.

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