Setting the Conflict Compass: Activities for Conflict Resolution and Prevention

Author(s): Michelle Cummings, Mike Anderson

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2010

Pages: 368


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A compass can be used in many ways, from telling which way is North to finding hidden treasure or following an unmarked path over wilderness terrain. In any conflict, you have to get your bearings on what happened in order to best determine how to resolve the issue. Conflict is inevitable, and despite how many of us feel about it, conflict is not always a bad thing. 

The activities in Setting the Conflict Compass: Activities for Conflict Resolution and Prevention will help participants become aware of how they perceive and deal with conflict, while gaining tools and techniques for increasing collaboration, resolving disputes, and ultimately finding win/win resolutions to workplace and classroom conflicts. Having strategies for dealing with conflict are essential to healthy relationships. Setting the Conflict Compass explores these strategies and present a framework for conflict management. This framework can be described as an experiential learning approach for helping individuals understand the influence of contextual factors and perspective in conflict resolution and management.

Setting the Conflict Compass: Activities for Conflict Resolution and Prevention examines and discusses:


  • Assumptions about Conflict
  • Experiential Activities for Conflict Resolution
  • Recognizing Others’ Points of View
  • Methods to Resolve and Diminish Conflict
  • Perspective Awareness
  • Diversity Awareness



PART 1 Compass Basics: What is Conflict?
Characteristics of a Compass; Characteristics of Conflict
Compass Parts and How They Relate to Conflict
Finding a Bearing
Following a Bearing

PART 2 Strategies for Dealing with Conflict
PART 3 The Importance of Processing and Debriefing

The Value of Reflection
Participant-Directed Processing
Metaphoric Objects and Images
Trust the Process

PART 4 Quotes on Conflict
PART 5 Conflict in Corporate Environments

As If
The Body Part Debrief - Embodying Conflict
Bright I Blurry I Blind
Buzz Ring
Change Debrief
Conflict Resolution Thumball
Cross the Line
Grizzli Grapefruit
Helium Pole
Knot Exchange
Lines of Communication
Pocket Processor
Rope Puzzles
The Other Side
Traffic Debrief
Trash Can Conflict
UFO Ball-The Value of Connection
Wagon Wheels
What a Way To Meet
Who Am I?
Your Piece of the Puzzle
Zoom or Re-Zoom

PART 6 Conflict Activities in a Youth Environment
Sample 8-Week Sequence
Research Findings
Bullying Prevention
What Is Bullying?
Why Do Kids Bully Other Kids?
Are You Being Bullied?
What Not to Do if You Are Bullied
Do You Bully Others?
Best Practices in Bullying Prevention
Activities Section
All Mixed Up
As If
Award-Winning Drama
Batten Down the Hatches
The Blind Men and the Elephant
Blind Shapes
Body Part Debrief
Building Our House
Buzz Ring-Talking in Circles
Change Debrief
Choice and Consequences
Conflict Animals
Conflict Resolution Thumball
Consensus Cards
Consensus Thumbs-Thumbs Up, Thumbs Sideways, Thumbs Down
Conversation Cards©
Cross the Line
Deck of Card Debrief
Do You? Does It?
Dramatic Conflict Resolution
Finger Jousting
Get Into Your Groups
Handshakes and Greetings
Helium Pole
How Many Hands
In Group Out Group
Inside Outside Cards
The Interview
Laughing Matters
Mix and Match Emotion Stencils
Mood Dudes
Multicultural Picture Cards
Old Maid or Old Mister
Pocket Processor
Push Off
Rope Puzzles
Sharing Connections
Stop 'N Go Poly Spots
The Other Side
The Sneetches
Traffic Debrief
UFO Ball-The Value of Connection
Unfair Game
We're All Different
Zoom or Re-Zoom

References and Suggested Reading

Michelle Cummings

Michelle Cummings M.S. is the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the Team Development industry. She is an accomplished author and sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing, and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers and educators work.

Michelle has delivered innovative leadership programs for hundreds of non-profit and for-profit organizations. Michelle works with professional associations, corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations throughout the world. She is currently working with Stephen M.R. Covey and his associates at CoveyLink on developing experiential activities for Stephen's most recent book, The Speed of Trust.

Michelle received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Kansas State University and her master's degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University at Mankato.

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson is a tattoo-collecting father of three who first discovered adventure play in 1991 as a recreation leader for the City of Atascadero, in California, where he grew up. Since then he has worked as a summer camp leader, program director, rock climbing guide, ropes course builder, trainer, conference center manager, middle school teacher, and the owner of two businesses. Since 2005, Mike has been the owner, chief recreation office and training czar of The Petra Cliffs Group, which includes an indoor climbing center, a full-time guiding service, a very well respected team-development program, an extremely successful summer day camp, as well as an international consultancy that has assisted numerous programs develop their own adventure-based learning programs.

Related ISBN's: 9781465238702, 9780757584572




ISBN 9781465238702

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