Become ready with 5 simple techniques


Who does not want to be quick-witted in certain situations? Unfortunately, most of us find the right replica only after the fact. Here are five simple techniques for countering insolence and insults. They do not require a joke or special ingenuity and are easy to remember.

Technique 1: Thank you very much and just keep going

Instead of responding violently to an insult, thank you briefly and just continue. They counter by saying thank you with caustic irony and ignore the attack. That hurts twice.

example 1

Verbal attack

your answer

"You are a real idiot."

"Thank you very much. – I was just about to say that …. "

Example 2

Verbal attack

your answer

"You have no idea at all."

"Yes, thank you. Very interesting. Back to our topic. "

Technique 2: Praise and reinterpret

Consent or even praise surprises the attacker, letting his attack go nowhere. Part 2 of your answer is the reinterpretation of the insult. Pick the most important term and interpret it positively for yourself.

example 1

Verbal attack

your answer

"You are a real idiot."

"Right. But even idiots realize here that …. "

Example 2

Verbal attack

your answer

"You have no idea at all."

"You have watched well. But I really do not need any idea here. "

Technique 3: Ask absurdly

Of course, with your answer you can also take the conversation to the absurd. To do this, again pick a word from the insult and ask absurd comprehension questions. Thus, the ball is back to the opponent and this must react.

example 1

Verbal attack

your answer

"You are a real idiot."

"What do you mean by that? / What do you mean by an idiot? / What do you mean by real? "

Example 2

Verbal attack

your answer

"You have no idea at all."

"Do you think I have any inkling? / Idea? What do I have to suspect now? "

TTechnique 4: Go to the meta level

A simple but very effective repartee technique is to get serious and make the conversation itself an issue. By calling your opponent to order, you make this at the same time a reproach, which he must first swallow.

example 1

Verbal attack

your answer

"You are a real idiot."

"Do we want to continue the conversation at this level now?"

Example 2

Verbal attack

your answer

"You have no idea at all."

"Can we have a factual conversation? What do you really mean? "

Technique 5: Go to counter attack

If all the elegant and less aggressive replicas do not get caught, you have to counter-attack: a) You criticize or make fun of your opponent's insult, or b) You attack your opponent head-on.

example 1

Verbal attack

your answer

"You are a real idiot."

"Well, that's a very original remark. / Was that all? You do not have more on it? / A real idiot? That's where you went deep into your insult box. "

Example 2

Verbal attack

your answer

"You have no idea at all."

"Aha. – Do you feel better now? / Very witty, such blanket allegations correspond to you. / If I could take you seriously, maybe I would be annoyed now. "

summary

Now that you know the most important flippant techniques, be aware of them. Learn it by heart. Second, write down typical attacks and formulate counterfeits according to the five techniques. Practice this with friends or your partner. You'll find it's fun!

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Winter-flowering plants: How does color get into the garden in winter?


Even at minus temperatures show some, otherwise predominantly bare branches of shrubs delicate small flowers. Jasmine, honeysuckle and snowball delight the eye and nose. What is worth knowing about these plants? A few Tipps.

A walk through the winterly resting gardens attracts a sweet scent. On closer inspection, the nature lover discovers the first, often inconspicuous flowers of ornamental shrubs. In the summer one would hardly notice them, in the bare garden full attention is sure to them. What they lack in external splendor is made up for by sweet and intense fragrance, to attract the few insects that travel this time of year.

Winterproof plants: Proximity to the house

So that the splendor in the predominantly frosty period can be sufficiently appreciated, winter-flowering shrubs should be placed so
that you can easily look at them. A place near the terrace or the house is ideal. House walls protect against harsh winds and give off the heat stored on sunny days.

A nutritious, slightly acidic to neutral soil without waterlogging is indispensable for all mentioned woody plants.

Beautiful asians

The most common is the white to pale pink flowering March cherry (Prunus incisa). Her name is misleading in two respects because it often blooms as early as November and is botanically a plum.

Beautiful cream yellow bells, which exude a strong vanilla fragrance, carries the Chinese winter flower (Chimonanthus praecox) at the biennial wood. The main flower of the up to three meter high shrub is in February. In the first years, winter protection is recommended for severe frosts. The adult bush tolerates later
Frosts down to minus 10 degrees. As his name praecox (prematurely) reveals, the blooms Rhododendron praecox from February to April in pink. Rhododendron dauricum is just as early.

snowballs

Shrubs of the family of snowballs (Viburnum) live up to their name. Sweet fragrant pink umbels show up on the branches of Viburnum x botnantense "Dawn" and Viburnum farreri, In mild winters the perfume snowball is blooming Viburnum fragans already from mid-November. At sites that are convenient to them, snowballs grow so abundantly that, unlike the other winter bloomers, they need to be cut regularly.

Real jasmine

The primrose yellow fragrant flowers of the Jasminum nudiflorum (Nacktblättriger winter jasmine) look very similar to the Forsythia. Distinguishing feature is the more timid growth and of course the heyday from January to April. Its delicate branches are entwined and must be supported by trellises.

honeysuckle

The large family of honeysuckle plants, also called Jelängerjelieber, also has a winter flower in the assortment. Creamy fragrant flowers of the winter honeysuckle (Lonicera x purpusii) delight the eye from December to April.

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Why we lie and how to recognize lies


Why do not we just stay with the truth when we say something. This certainly has many reasons, sometimes honorable ones. In fact, our children grow up with untruths. It is the parents who spread these untruths. Parents are role models and should not do that, but they do. They send the Tooth Fairy, the Christ Child, the Easter Bunny and much more.

People are lying, but why? The reasons for lying may have different causes, but the effect remains the same. Once you have been lied to, you lose confidence in that person and repeatedly put the person to the test by lying tests.

We do not always need to do a lie test to know if someone is lying. Being lied to is not only situational, it is partly part of different cultures or even belongs to the good sound. For example, when you meet one of his female clients in the theater and, despite her tasteless outfit, compliment her on her good looks.

In the UK you are basically "Fine" when asked "How are you?". In some Far Eastern cultures, the boss is basically lied to, if something went wrong. He will always be told exactly what he wants to hear, and that is in the least of cases true.

Recent scandals on doctoral theses by politicians who have since receded confirm that there is a lie in all social classes. Even with the sexes, there seems to be little difference. How often we lie depends on your personality and personal lifestyle. The famous 200 times a day are not always accurate; Bad tongues could also call that number a lie. Just put yourself to the test and take a lie test. Write down when and why you lied.

Here are some reasons for lying:

  • For fear such as loss anxiety
  • Due to time constraints or other hardships (white lie!)
  • Under social or psychological pressure
  • Consideration of the feelings of others
  • To impress
  • If you have to justify yourself and avoid consequences
  • Etc.

If you believe an American study by Robert Feldmann of the University of Massachusetts, which was conducted with 121 students, then we lie about 2.9 times in a short conversation of about 10 minutes duration, especially if we want to impress others. It did not matter whether the persons were male or female or whether they would see their interlocutor again or not.

Feldmann concluded that there is no typical lying personality, but rather a typical liar environment. Performance pressure comes first. Anyone who has to justify and prove himself will rather fib and cheat than someone who has both legs in life and does not have to prove anything to anyone. Feldmann has found that among the 18- to 34-year-olds gefflunkert rather than senior citizens.

At schools and universities, grades are now being disproportionately stolen. Just look around the web once to see how many sites there are that give tips or tutorials for spamming, or even publish test results.

How can you recognize lies? – The body does not lie!

Ever since "Lie to me" we know that lies are reflected in body language. Verbal we can still apply so thick, our body speaks a clear language against it. Here are some examples:

  • If a human is lying, then he will avoid direct eye contact. But if you insist that he does not lie, because he can look you in the eye, then he almost certainly lies
  • Who is lying, whose voice is usually slightly raised and louder than normal. Also, this person then tends to change the topic of conversation
  • He who lies lies more often in the face, neck or mouth. They scratch their nose and ear
  • Anyone who lies usually talks more than normal and deviates into unimportant details. Conversation breaks are avoided, since the interlocutor then ask questions and the lie could be unmasked. Also, jokes or sarcastic comments are often made.
  • The emotional support for the statement occurs, if at all, delayed and is then unnaturally long to find a sudden end. Words and emotions do not match.
  • Who is lying often uses the same words as the questioner to answer a question. The question, "Did you take the file out of my closet?" Will most likely answer "No, I did not take the file out of your closet" while a person telling the truth would rather answer, "Me? No! Which file? "Such a short and spontaneous statement rather points to the truth.
  • Put the person you think was lying to the test. Change the topic abruptly. If the person is a liar then she willingly follow you. Someone who has not lied will rather wonder about the rapid change of topic and express this or even come back to the topic.
  • Who lies, gesticulates more and exaggerated. These gestures are intended to underline the credibility of the lied statement
  • Nervousness also indicates a lie. Anyone who constantly ruffles his hair during a conversation or can not keep his feet still, walks from one foot to the other and can not keep his feet down while seated, probably tells sailor's yarn. This fidgeting signaled really only that the lying person wants to escape the situation (escape instinct).
  • The pitch of lies is often rather monotonous and the usual singsong will be missing. This is an insecurity that occurs because the liar does not know if you will take away his story or not. Often the tone goes along with drooping shoulders and lowered head.
  • Be careful when someone uses the words "honest" or "believe me" to prove his credibility.

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New Year's Eve celebrate: plant oracle, lucky charms and lucky symbols


Are you still looking for ideas for the New Year's Eve party? It should be exciting and suitable for several people? In addition to lead casting and waxing, plant oracles offer excitement and entertainment. Maybe you want to add the guessing game on New Year's Eve with other lucky symbols? In this article, read how to interview various oracles and explanations for several lucky charms.

In addition to table fireworks, good food and music, streamers and lucky charms are the perfect decoration for a successful New Year's Eve party, as well as handcrafted lucky symbols as a gift or as a souvenir. Oracle and board games bring entertainment, excitement and fun.

Ornaments on New Year's Eve: a welcome change with excitement and fun

Why do people actually create oracles? How come that many would like to know something about the future? It is in the nature of man to fathom the unknown and to gain knowledge. New Year's Eve, the turn of the year, something old comes to an end and it starts something new. The unexpected, the desire for surprises and the fun in a group together provide exciting entertainment during the oracle. Some links to the various oracles can be found in my article: "New Year's Eve: meaning, customs, oracles – celebrate New Year's Eve".

As you ask on the New Year's Eve party oracle

Of course you should not plant and talk to them here. These oracles have their name after a few creatures from nature that come from the plant world:

  • Ivy Oracle: Here are the leaves of an ivy plant information. Pluck a few leaves and write the names of the participants on a single sheet with a waterproof pen. The best is silver or gold. The leaves swim until midnight in a bowl of water. Anyone who wants can leave them in the bowl until New Year's morning. If the leaves stay up, the year brings good luck and good health. If you go under, you have to protect yourself from threats. (Since ivy leaves are quite robust, no one needs to fear bad luck).
  • Walnut Oracle: There are 2 options here:
    • One questions the oracle in pairs. In two walnut halves, ie in the empty bowls, a candle stub is glued. The glowing little boats are lowered in a bowl to water and brought to swim. If they move towards each other, the great love is in sight. If they swim away from each other, the relationship has no purpose.
    • Each participant quietly remembers a few questions that he wants to have answered with excitement. As many questions as he has, he takes so many nuts from a bag or sack. Then these nuts are cracked. Sizable, firm nut kernels stand for a positive answer. Black, shriveled nuts say that the project will probably fail.
  • Yesterday grains or wheat grains for an oracle: For this you need 12 small flower pots, one for each month. Therefore, this oracle is best suited for the close family circle. Each pot gets a number. The grains are sown and observed in the new year. Where the seed sprouts first or small germs are visible, the month will be good. This oracle can say something about the weather, about love, luck or health. Even during the growth of small plants fate may still turn. Cress or broccoli seeds are also suitable. The germs or young plants can even be eaten.
  • Apple oracle: Cut the apples and look at the seeds! Whole cores bring good luck throughout the year. Halved cores mean separation or farewell. Many pips bring wealth. If the apple is empty, so also expects the man deep emptiness. But there still remains the apple peel oracle.
  • At rabenseiten.de there are also various flower oracles.

Other lucky symbols for the New Year's Eve celebration

For the New Year's Eve table, there are a few lucky symbols that are next to lucky pig, shamrock and chimney sweep as well

  • as a souvenir,
  • for the table decoration,
  • for crafting on New Year's Eve or
  • suitable for a guessing game.

How the horseshoe became a symbol

The horse stands for strength. With his power, he has always been at the service of man and supported him in his tasks. When the fogging of the hooves, probably in the 12th century, was invented, the importance of the horseshoe as a good luck charm quickly spread. The blacksmith's profession was respected, working with metal mysteriously.

Horseshoes were hung over the stable door, with the opening upwards. Why? The horseshoe was supposed to bring luck, protect it from danger and disease, and probably even save it from evil forces. It also resembles a crescent moon in its shape. This was considered a symbol of the increase in wealth.

Why the horseshoe should hang up with the opening

Never show a horseshoe with the opening facing down. The luck could escape through the opening! But that was not always the case. This question and answer works well for your knowledge game.

What effect the toadstool owes its importance as a symbol of happiness

Toadstools are nice to look at and are often displayed on photos or pictures. They are also poisonous. The poison creates intoxication states.

In some cultures, therefore, the toadstool was used by shamans as an intoxicant. The ecstatic and intoxicating effect has probably led to the toadstool becoming a symbol of luck. Beware of real toadstools! When filled with chocolate or made from cardboard, they do no damage.

How the ladybird became a lucky little bug

In the Middle Ages, the beetle was dedicated to St. Mary and became a ladybug. He should protect the children and heal the sick. Anyone who found a ladybird or who it flew to was lucky. Killing a ladybug brought bad luck. Of particular importance is a lucky bug with 7 points. Numerous ancient customs in different countries entwine around the ladybug.

You make your own luck

Apart from the fun and the wink at the oracle and when dealing with the symbols of happiness is so beautiful: "Everyone is his luck blacksmith." However, the future is not alone in our hands. Some trust God, others call it destiny. If things are going well, we have been lucky or we have influenced it.

In the sequel you will find tips and ideas for lucky charms on New Year's Eve. From crafting, cutting, painting and kneading to gluing or folding, as a souvenir or decoration is something.

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New Year's Eve party with homemade Feuerzangenbowle celebrate


Make your New Year's Eve party original! With the Feuerzangenbowle surprise your guests and make the party an unforgettable event. This punch has a long tradition. In the following you will learn interesting facts about it as well as the delicious Feuerzangenbowle recipe.

The Feuerzangenbowle is named after the pliers above the drink, on which burning, rumgetränkter sugar is placed. This drink gained great popularity through the film of the same name from 1944 based on the novel by Hans Reimann and Heinrich Spoerl. As a fire tongs the perforated plate is called, on which the sugarloaf lies over the pot.

For the preparation of the punch are commercially available complete sets, z. From Kela or Schulte-Ufer. Most of them include a bowling bowl made of glass, the fire tongs and possibly other parts. You can also use a fondue set with fire tongs for the sugarloaf. Below I present you the delicious recipe.

Recipe for Feuerzangenbowle

For 8-12 people you need the following ingredients:

  • 4 bottles of dry red wine
  • 1 bottle of brown rum with at least 54% alcohol content
  • 2 organic lemons and organic oranges each
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sugarloaf

How to do it

In a bowl, dry red wine is heated with cloves, cinnamon sticks, lemon and orange peel. In addition, you can also add the orange and lemon juice. A sugarloaf is placed on the pliers and placed over the vessel. On the sugarloaf, drip brown rum until the sugarloaf is completely soaked and light it.

The sugar melts, caramelizes and drips into the red wine, which gives it a special taste. To avoid jet flames, the rum is not poured directly from the bottle, but dosed out of a ladle. When the sugarloaf has completely dissolved, the punch is ready!

My tips: Real rum and glasses for the Feuerzangenbowle

Mostly rum with at least 54% alcohol content is used for the Feuerzangenbowle. Due to the high water content, however, the temperature during burning is so low that the sugar is mainly dissolved instead of melting and caramelizing. This can be avoided by using higher alcohol rum.

Make sure that the burning sugarloaf does not go out. The sugarloaf should therefore always be drizzled with rum. Feuerzangenbowle is drunk from punched or grog glasses or cups.

History of the Feuerzangenbowle

Originally, the so-called Feuerzange was used for the Feuerzangenbowle. With this appliance, the stove or chimney fire glowing charcoal z. B. are taken to light the pipe.

With the fire tongs, a lump of sugar was packed, doused with rum and lit. Because sugar used to be available in sugar loafs. These were much larger and harder than the sugar hats made today only for Feuerzangenbowle. For most purposes, the Hutzucker even had to be laboriously crushed first.

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Great vegetarian Christmas recipe with chestnuts


Spoil your loved ones with an alternative Christmas recipe. A vegetarian Christmas dinner with chestnuts. It tastes delicious and is quickly prepared, if you want it to go fast. Good Appetite.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe with chestnuts

The ingredients for 4 people:

  • 450g puff pastry
  • 200ml red wine
  • 500g boiled chestnuts
  • soy milk
  • Mushrooms (quantity according to preference and taste)
  • 1.5 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • pepper
  • salt
  • Fresh parsley (chopped)

The preparation of the vegetarian Christmas recipe

  1. Roll the puff pastry into 2 equal parts. Place one half on a baking sheet with baking paper. Cover the chestnut filling with the second half of the dough and brush with soy milk.
  2. Bake the puff pastry at around 200 ° C with circulating air until golden brown.
    Duration approx. 20 min.
  3. Sauté onions and garlic. Fry the mushrooms. Deglaze with the red wine and let it boil down.
  4. Put the crushed chestnuts and the breadcrumbs in the pan. Add salt, pepper and soy sauce and fold in the parsley.

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Prepare the house for old age


Anyone who decides to buy a property will, in most cases, be bound to it in the longer term. If it is not for rental, the owner is likely to occupy it for a longer period of time. Who has founded a family and moved with this into a house on the outskirts or in a suburb, he will often live up to the pension in this.

In order to be able to live in the respective house until old age, some things are important. As we have already informed in this article that only a barrier-free property is a good investment for the elderly. At this point we want to point out quite concretely, which things should therefore be considered when building or buying a property.

Pay attention to the preparation for age-appropriate living

Of course, those who move into a house as a young person do not want to have any fixtures and fixtures in their home that are needed until they are very old. These would be outdated if they are needed at some point and would probably only disturb until then. Nevertheless, when buying a property, remember that sooner or later it may become necessary. And even if you do not need them yourself, it can not hurt to be prepared for the installation of everyday aids such as a seat lift. The page pflege.de offers many valuable tips on this topic. If in the house only a narrow and steep spiral staircase is available, then it is very difficult to install a seat lift here. Especially in view of the aging of the society, this also limits the buyer circle for the property in the medium term.

When new construction can be made many arrangements for free

When a house is built, the builders are often not yet at an age when they think of barrier-free housing. Far more are children, the job or the relationship the defining themes of the time. But who at this point wastes a little time on living in old age, can save a lot of money in the course of his life. Even if it takes a little longer in the planning phase, you should take this time.
In addition to the above-mentioned points to the stairs is now in many homes made sure that there is a walk-in bathroom. In the past, a bathroom was often built upstairs and one in the basement, but nowadays this is rarely done. Overall, care should be taken that the everyday life can be lived later so that frequent climbing stairs is not necessary. Further information on the corresponding planning has been compiled by the broadcaster Sat. 1 in a video.

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Noise guessing at the birthday party – ibuzzworld.com


Kids love to solve puzzles. A quiz is a popular program on children's birthday. Are you looking for an idea that makes children's ears prick up? Let noise guess. With the help of noise databases, you can simply put together a quiz that will astonish both young and old.

Advise noises

Guessing makes kids fun. When children's birthday is the difficulty that you do not know exactly the knowledge of each child. It is not easy to find suitable quiz questions for all children.

On the other hand, guessing sounds do not depend on the knowledge of the children, but on the wealth of experience. Make a noise quiz yourself. With the help of sound databases on the Internet, this is easy and no cost.

To compose the noise quiz:

  • Download 15-20 sounds from a database. How many you advise on child birthday make you dependent on the attention and mood.
  • Save the sounds to USB stick or burn them to CD.
  • Collect the children around the children's birthday party and play noise for noise.

Helpful tips:

  • Mix noise sequences that are long with short ones. This keeps the children's attention. Play the short ones repeatedly, if necessary.
  • Choose sounds from different areas: household, vehicles, traffic, nature.
  • The children should not shout out loud when they think they have detected a noise but stretch it silently. When the noise sequence is over, ask child for child what it suspects. In the end you dissolve.
  • First of all, check whether the technology works: player and storage medium.
  • The game master should know the sounds beyond doubt. Otherwise there are misunderstandings and turbulences.
  • The noise quiz is suitable as a "quiet island" on the birthday party, because the children have to be quiet. At least during the listening.

Noise databases

Please read the terms of use before downloading. For private use on a birthday party, downloading should be free of charge in all cases.

More tips for children's birthday:

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Great ideas for crafting with wool


Crafting is not only fun for the kids, but also for adults a nice change. So you can just forget the stress of everyday life. Especially nice and varied is the crafts with wool.

The crafting of wool is especially well suited for small children. Because there is no possibility here to hurt oneself. But the creative ideas are not to be despised in this crafting material. In this way, even the child's motor skills are a little better trained. Everything the little ones do with their hands has a positive effect on their development.

Animals made of wool

From wool can be tinker really great animals. This is not difficult in most cases and moreover, not much material is needed. However, it is always important that parents do not leave their children alone when making crafts. At least not as long as the offspring is still small. A very nice idea to make an animal companion out of wool is among other things a small wool dog. For this one needs:

  • brown wool
  • Felt remains in brown, black and white
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Pencil and compass
  • Scissors and glue
  • a needle and thread.

First of all, two circles must be drawn. These should have a radius of 3cm. Then two circles with a radius of 2.5 centimeters must be drawn. Now comes in each circle still in inner circle with 1.5 centimeters radius. When all this is done, all circles are cut out. It must be noted, however, that the inner circles must be cut out. Now the wool comes into play. From this eight threads are cut off. These should have a length of 1.5 to 2 meters.

Once the threads have been used up a new thread has to be taken. It always has to be developed further. This has to be done until only a small hole in the middle of the circle is visible.

Now the threads are cut at the edge of the circle until you hit the cardboard. It has to be cut around the whole circle once. Now two wool threads with a length of 20 centimeters are taken and led between the two boards around the ponpon. With a knot, the threads are knotted together. Now the cardboard can be torn and pulled out. The protruding threads are then cut off. Now the first ponpon for the dog body is ready. In the same way, another ponpon has to be made. This is then the dog's head. Both ponpons are knotted together.

Now it's the dog's turn. For this purpose, a wool thread is wound several times around the finger. Then gently pull out the finger and tie the wound thread in the middle. The two sides of this wool loop are then cut open again. Now only the protruding threads have to be cut off. It now creates a small ponpon. For four legs more of these ponpons have to be made. The legs are then sewn to the body of the dog. The tail of the dog may consist of a narrow triangle, which was cut from brown felt. This is then glued to the dog body. Now only the face and ears of the dog are missing. This can all be cut out of felt and then glued to the dog.

And the little wool dog is ready!

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Solving conflicts: are there tensions in the team or in the office?


Permanent changes in the world of work through restructuring, new tasks, new fields of organization or even mergers with other companies produce a high potential for conflict among employees, in teams as well as among managers. Read here how to resolve conflicts.

Solving conflicts is part of the task of the executives

The pressure that is created in today's world of work has to be processed. However, before this can happen, conflicts, tensions or disagreements in the company usually have to be solved. It is estimated that one-third of working time is blocked by conflict. Put another way, companies could increase their productivity by a third if constructive solutions to tensions and conflicts between employees or executives, or even avoid them in advance.

The pressure that comes from conflicts on people has to be processed. Already with first annoyances in the team or under coworkers should approach the warning lamps with executives. It helps to optimize their own ability to conflict through seminars and coaching, or to get professional support through conflict management with conflict moderation or conflict counseling.

Which features point to conflicts?

Obviously, conflicts are obvious when there are open disputes, complaints, critical statements, complainings or harassment. However, it will be more difficult if the conflicts are swept under the carpet and people put their heads in the sand. Nevertheless, with a little attention and sensitivity, signs can be found where conflict potential becomes visible and recognizable.

Examples:

  • when an employee or an executive enters the room and conversations become silent
  • if necessary arrangements do not take place
  • when diseases pile up
  • when there is more in the department or in the team than talking to each other
  • when bleating increases
  • when productivity drops
  • if employees in the canteen are only separated

It is high time for leaders to respond and resolve conflicts with these conflicting characteristics. Having to agree on a team is part of the daily work and in a team it can sometimes crunch. However, if productivity suffers from a poor work environment, it means acting promptly. Then there are usually tensions or conflicts.

Show courage to conflict

To address conflicts and approach them constructively often requires courage. However, solutions to situations of conflict or tensions in the team will only be achieved if you bring the issues to the table and tackle them together. In conflict talks, use the basic rules of communication and above all – even if it is often difficult – try to take an appreciative attitude towards the conflict partner.

It is also important in conflict talks (as a matter of course in all your conversations) that you remain objective. Objectivity has a de-escalating effect in conflict talks. You can practice that by paying attention to what you say and how you say it in everyday conversations. And with what attitude you encounter other people. Do you respect others and let their opinions and convictions apply?

If the conflict situation has already escalated to the point where you can no longer handle this situation yourself, it is not a sign of weakness when executives or team leaders commission external help to solve conflicts. Recognizing that the expertise of a conflict facilitator or mediator is needed is a sign of maturity and strength.

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