The Fire of Team Conflict

by Andrew Brown, LLP
Antalya is a beautiful place. It can also be very hot and dry place—sometimes going months without rain. This makes the surrounding forests highly vulnerable to fire. Occasionally we’ll see an airplane or helicopter loaded with water on its way to extinguish a blaze. Fire is a pretty good analogy for conflict on a team. Fire is a natural and normal occurrence in the life of a forest, just as conflict is a normal part of team life. At lower levels of intensity, both can be very helpful as they clear out “debris” that would otherwise inhibit growth and productivity. At the same time, they both have the potential at higher levels of intensity to be very destructive. What makes the difference?

The Storm Before the Storm: Welcoming others to the field

by Andrew Brown, LLP
…This recent experience of moving overseas has reminded me how significant this transition is and how important it is to recognize that. Often we tend to focus on the stress of cross-cultural adjustment that takes place after arrival. Only sometimes do we pause to recognize that many people stepping off the plane are doing so with plenty of enthusiasm and hope, but very little energy. Among the many things people bring with them are often residual stress and fatigue.