4 Ways to Have Better Conversations With People Who Have Differing Viewpoints

This week on The JSA Blog, we’re sharing some news based on what we are seeing in the current marketplace.

Last week we talked about why brave conversations are needed in today’s business landscape more than ever. Today, we’re furthering the discussion as we detail some ways to have better conversations with people who disagree with you. Disagreements in the workplace may carry a sense of tension in the air, as not just the perception of being right is at stake, but also individuals’ egos come into play.

Although many associate disagreements with a negative connotation, the truth is that disagreements are healthy and absolutely normal, and offer an outstanding opportunity for colleagues to discuss issues, work together, listen to one another and find resolutions through a respectful dialogue.

According to INC.com, here are 4 ways to have better conversations with people who have differing viewpoints:

  1. Express your initial position. This establishes transparency and sets a foundation for open dialogue. By clearly expressing your standpoint, you create a framework for understanding. This can lead to a constructive exchange of ideas and an environment where diverse viewpoints can be explored and discussed.
  2. Reveal the objectives of each party. By uncovering each party’s goals, individuals involved gain insights into the underlying motivations and values, paving the way for a more respectful dialogue that acknowledges the diverse perspectives at play. This step encourages mutual recognition and facilitates the search for common ground. This helps both parties embrace a collaborative approach to navigating differences.
  3. Harmonize the objectives of both parties. By aligning shared goals and interests, this step helps to bridge gaps, reduce hostility, and encourages a cooperative mindset. It promotes the idea that even in disagreement, there are areas of agreement, giving a sense of unity to the discussion.
  4. Choose the resolution that most effectively aligns with the shared objective. This not only ensures that common goals are prioritized but also promotes cooperation and the ability to reach mutually agreeable outcomes. By focusing on shared objectives, the conversation concludes with a constructive and collaborative tone, emphasizing the potential for finding solutions that benefit all parties involved.

For more details and to read the full article from INC.com, click the link below!