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TOPIC: Conflict Management: Difference between Compromising and Smoothing

Conflict Management: Difference between Compromising and Smoothing 3 years 8 months ago #15730

  • Cyril Galland
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Hello,

I have a question about the difference between Compromising and Smoothing in Conflict Management.

In both cases, there are some concessions that are made to find a solution. The only difference I see is that on Smoothing we emphasize agreements rather than concessions, but at the end the result (concession: lose-lose) is the same, no ?

Thank you for any light on the matter !

Cyril

Conflict Management: Difference between Compromising and Smoothing 3 years 8 months ago #15731

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Hi Cyril,

The Compromising technique involves finding solutions that bring some degree of satisfaction to both parties. While Smoothing technique includes making some concessions, but it does not result in a permanent or complete resolution of the conflict. (Rita v9, pg 396)

Ex.
"Let's calm down and get the job done!" - Smoothing
"Let us do a little of what both of you suggest" - Compromising

Hope this helps,
Joe
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Conflict Management: Difference between Compromising and Smoothing 3 years 8 months ago #15739

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Thx you Joe, that's perfect !!!
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