How to win conflicts and deal with problems

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We all engage in conflicts or have problems we have to deal with. And sometimes dealing with these conflicts or problems is quite hard and risky. That is why the strategy I developed can help anyone win conflicts and effectively deal with their problems. 

Back in the day, I used to work at a large company that was in a highly competitive market. Which meant we were constantly engaged in conflict with competitors that wanted to take away our customers. In order to cope with the constant action, I developed a plan for analysing every competitive stunt our competitors did and developing a strategy for dealing with it. 

This one time, we opened one of our fast food restaurants in the turf of a competitor. Which ignited anger and started a sales war, our competitors started slashing their prices and creating campaigns against us using the media. You could call it a cold war between the two companies. 

I was put in charge of dealing with the crises, so I came up with 4 assessment factors for analysing the details of the conflict. The factors were:

  • Duration (How long will the issue possibly last.) 
  • Difficulty (How hard or easy will it be to deal with it.) 
  • Safety (The risks we might encounter if we chose to engage.) 
  • Dimensions (Possibly methods for dealing with the conflict.) 

Analysing these factors gave us as much information as possible upfront. We were able to take calculated risks by analysing these factors and decrease the downside of the engagement. The analytics also helped us make sure we always won. 

Authors Note

We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.

Book: The art of war by Sun Tzu (Amazon link

Lesson(s)

Assess every problem or conflict in terms of: 

  • Duration (How long will the issue possibly last.) 
  • Difficulty (How hard or easy will it be to deal with it.) 
  • Safety (The risks we might encounter if we chose to engage.) 
  • Dimensions (Possibly methods for dealing with the conflict.) 

Analysing these factors will help you make sure you always win and deal with your problems in the best way possible without risk. 

Notice: All of the content above is fictional. 

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