Resolving conflict across cultures may not be as straightforward as you think.
Our default Israeli style is very ‘in your face’ and very confrontational. We bring in lots of emotions and passion as we try to resolve a conflict. This mode of disagreement is not always appreciated.
What can we do about this?
1. Work to reach agreement on a 1:1 basis rather than during a large meeting. From my personal experience, it works like magic.
2. Depersonalize the disagreement – separate ideas/solutions from people. Make it easier to debate and reach a consensus.
3. Start a debate by saying: “Let me play the devil’s advocate…” is another way of depersonalizing the conflict.
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