I know it is difficult. But, consider the facts. Not your opinion. Not your conjecture of the other person's motives. Just the facts. You will be tempted to do otherwise, but jumping to conclusions only adds fire to the fury of conflict. Almost all conflict is more complicated than it first appears on the surface.
3 Arbitration Tactics for Dealing with Conflict
Opinions are overrated. Consider the facts.
Keep a positive tone. Check your negativity at the door!
Don't allow others to provoke an emotional response. Whether they realize it or not, this is a tactic people often employ to shift the balance of power in their own favor. Ostensibly benign issues can quickly transform into angry outbursts, hurt feelings, and simmering resentment. Rather than overreacting or becoming emotional, remind the critic of the facts while maintaining a neutral, positive tone. This shifts the focus of the conversation back to what matters, the topic at hand, instead of a personal judgment of your emotional state. If necessary, take a break and use time to your advantage to ensure a productive and more peaceful discussion.
Think like a problem-solver.
Compromise isn't about winning or losing. Instead of thinking like a lawyer and passionately defending your point of view, think like a problem solver. There aren't sides in arbitration, only creative strategizing for joint problems. Life isn't an episode of Law & Order. This isn't about competing or proving you're right, it's about finding common ground. People who understand the importance of collaborating with one another, find a way to create value for each other regardless of the dispute. Capitalize on shared interests. If you build a foundation of trust and optimism, you can work cooperatively to find and resolve the main sources of the conflict.