3 steps to calmly and patiently settle team disputes

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How indifference can give your leadership clarity
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Being indifferent doesn't mean you don't care about what's going on, but instead you've done the hard work of discerning what's truly important and what you can let go, writes Steve Keating. Create this new mindset by setting clear priorities, learning to detach from external events, spending time in self-reflection and embracing change instead of trying to control things around you, Keating advises.
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Put it into practice: Create a healthy sense of indifference by using mindfulness, meditation and other practices to tame your emotions and create systems to simplify decision-making, Keating writes. "The smaller, less impactful a decision is on your life, the faster you should make it."
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3 steps to calmly and patiently settle team disputes
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When conflict arises in your team, take time to listen to all sides impartially to understand the root of the disagreement fully, then investigate to verify their claims and encourage all parties to be patient as you work to resolve the dispute, writes Skip Prichard. "Sometimes, stepping back and taking a break can help. This allows everyone to cool down and approach the problem with a clear mind," Prichard recommends.
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Put it into practice: Show empathy to both sides of a disagreement, but remain impartial and do your due diligence to verify the facts and circumstances before rendering a decision or suggesting a solution, Prichard advises. "This ensures you're making decisions based on complete information."
If you have a weak leader who isn't suited for their job but you can't replace them right away, offer them a mentor or coach to shore up their weaknesses, offload some of their tasks to others and refocus their job to play to their strengths, suggests Liz Kislik. "It's better to invest more time in their decisions and processes up front rather than cleaning up their messes afterward," Kislik notes.
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In our world where everything seems urgent and worth having your hair on fire over, Steve Keating has some sage advice: Be indifferent. That doesn't mean you check out or you're no longer concerned about the essential things. It means that you've done inner discernment and outer work enough to know what is truly important (even urgent) and what is not.

Instead of allowing every little thing to set off your emotions, Keating recommends using mindfulness and other techniques to bring your feelings under control so you're not exhausted by the relentless pace of information these days.

"If you give all the silliness in the world the opportunity, it will eventually wear you down to the point where you can no longer focus on the important things," Keating writes.

It's easier said than done,  but start small, not letting someone in traffic get the best of you or letting go of feelings of disappointment when it rains on a day you planned an outside event. As you practice detaching from things that usually roil your emotions slowly but surely, you'll arrive at a point where you can easily judge what's worth your time and what's not.

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