Wednesday 5 December 2012


Food-for-Thought: Communication & Conflict Management

I have come to realize that the most important competencies a person can possess in life are Communication and Conflict Management.

If you have these two competencies, you rule the world.... well, at least your own world :-)

These two competencies are needed in all relationships at all stages of life and in all walks of life... in:

1. Child-parent relationship
2. Marriage relationship
3. Friendship
4. Student-teacher relationship
5. Manager-subordinate relationship
6. Supplier-client relationship
7. Country-to-country relationship

But don't be too hard on yourself if it doesn't always go so well, as it may not be reflective of your competencies than others' lack of competency. For it takes two hands to clap.

But how do we develop these competencies?

I think the Bible sums it best in one word:


Love speaks with gentleness and with consideration for the other party which smooths all relationships, and thus it is the best communication and conflict resolution ingredient.

Love speaks of putting our pride and ego behind and truly listen.

This brings to reminder our main goal in life: To love God and love others

The Bible says:

"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." - Colossians 3:14

I have come to understand the truth in this verse and its application to modern day communication and conflict management. How wise our God is and the wisdom of His teachings.

Have I achieved it yet?

No, otherwise I would have long ruled the world.... (and looking at the current world situation... most state leaders have not mastered it either...)

No doubt it is another new day for me to learn to apply it at home and in the office... and for sure... I will continue to make mistakes... aaaaaahhhh communication and conflict management!!!

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