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Monday, 07 February 2011 08:56

Should you be Accommodating?

cover_tki_LThe Accommodating Mode is one of the modes of conflict resolution as defined by the TKI or Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. The TKI breaks our conflict handling preferences into five modes.

Some people view being accommodating as a sign of weakness. If you always accommodate others around you then perhaps you are exhibiting a weakness. A weakness in your conflict resolution skills because this means you are always being very unassertive. You might even neglect your own concerns to satisfy the concerns of others. This could be self-sacrificing, but it can also be selfless generosity or charity or obeying orders when you would prefer not to. Other than charity or obeying orders, is there any other time when drawing from this mode is desirable? Absolutely, please read on.

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Monday, 20 December 2010 14:02

What are the Five Conflict Resolution Modes?

conflict-resWhat are the Five Conflict Resolution Modes?
And which one do you use most often?

When you understand how you handle conflict, you can begin to understand when your approach is effective and when it is not. Then you can learn to adapt your behavior and draw from different conflict resolutions styles as-needed. There are five conflict handling modes and one of these is your preferred mode. These five modes come from the TKI or Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.

What is the TKI? The TKI is a questionnaire designed to measure how you tend to handle inter-personal conflict. This is expressed using five modes (which we will cover next) and two dimensions:

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Thursday, 25 January 2007 16:51

Constraints & Assumptions

Constraints are factors that may limit the project management team’s options, whereas assumptions are factors that for planning purposes may be considered to be true, real, or certain. Understand the differences between constraints and assumptions, and be able to recognize examples of both. 

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