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  Post #1 (permalink)   07-23-2009, 03:16 PM
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You can earn a Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, but I think most of us have earned some credits for coping with conflict on the street level, and certainly in the hosting industry.

Managing Conflict

The key is learning how to manage conflict rather than have it manage you. I avoid disputes when possible, but realize they’re inevitable - so instead of reacting on an emotional level, my solution is to manage them proactively. Part of that is being solution focused versus problem focused. It’s all about communications - understanding what your personal triggers are, then mapping out the opposing positions, finding common ground, and then proposing win-win solutions.

Conflict Awareness

First, you have to understand your own conflict patterns, then develop and practice methods to listen more effectively, map out the conflicts, and learn to differentiate difficult people from difficult behavior. We all know the type. Some clients and prospects just instinctively know what hot buttons to press.

Moving Beyond Conflict

What we’re really talking about here is developing professional skill sets to increase the success of your business operations. Customer support is very much about resolving customer conflicts or problems. While the solution could be purely technical, the perception of value rests with your client. How well you communicate relates directly to customer churn. Bad communication skills = high customer churn. Great communication skills = raving fans and a loyal customer base. The key, I think, is to actively listen, showing genuine interest and concern. Clarify the problem; ask questions, then listen - separating emotions from issues. Sometimes, you just have to say NO, it won’t work. And after conflicts are managed, it’s important to solicit feedback.

How Important is Feedback

Feedback is so important that you should reach out to your clients randomly to ascertain their comfort level with your products or services. Perhaps your perception that they’re satisfied clients is completely off tract, and they’re actively searching for a new provider. How would you know until they sent in their cancellation request? At that point, you become reactive instead of proactive. Again, it’s all about effective communications and productive interactions.
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Great post steve.
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I would say take everyone out back and beat them with rolled up newspaper, but I know that is not the answer.

For our company we do try to avoid being "over personal" when conflicts come up, as it seems emotions tied to work and everything thinking they "did more", "work more", etc. end up getting the better of everyone involved.

Its always best to approach things like this with a clear head, and sometimes the newspaper doesn't hurt either.
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I like the newspaper idea. LOL. Gets everyone's attention.
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Second the newspaper idea. Conflict, we have those in this world? I di not know that. I find that screaming as loud as I can at the other person always helps.
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i love to consider steven covey, main point
for handling conflic!
listen first and and to be listen.
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By having a Abuse Agent or forwarding to the correct Executive Staff I shall assume.
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I would say take everyone out back and beat them with rolled up newspaper, but I know that is not the answer.
I would do it with a yard stick

Nice post steve.
 
 
 


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[quote=IkY0294;112054]I would do it with a yard stick

I prefer a baseball bat! Communication, communication, communication! Oh, did I mention communication!?! I totally agree that communication is extremely important to handling conflict. Nice post Steve.
 
 
 


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I agree, great post Steve.
 
 
 


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I had a prospect accuse me of being deceptive a while back because I wouldn't offer him the same specific dedicated server that he said his friend had with us. Turned out his friend was colocating with us and purchased his server elsewhere. Plus the only info he gave me was the IP address of his friends server - not his name. This was one of those cases where I had to say we did not offer that specific dedicated server, but could colocate one with those specs if he wanted. What complicated this was that he was a foreign prospect, and the translation wasn't easy. This chat could have gone any number of directions based on my questions. Thankfully, I was able to piece enough of the pieces of the puzzle together to at least answer his query. When a prospect accuses you of being deceptive, it's hard not to let emotion get in the way of resolving the underlying issue.
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Steve, sounds like you did a great job dealing with that customer. Those situation's can really turn bad quickly even with the best of intentions.

I believe our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt explained conflict resolution the best “Speak softly and carry a big stick."
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Thanks Steve,

Reading this post has gained me some knowledge which i can share with my mates
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