Sports provides the perfect environment for learning how to manage conflict, but the value of these skills applies to all areas of life.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) December 31, 2014
Too often in sports we expect athletes, coaches, and administrators to simply possess the necessary conflict management skills to deal with tricky situations. Rather than hope for the best, SCI specializes in teaching sports conflict management skills designed to effectively handle situations both on and off the field. By expanding its workshops to NCAA teams, SCI Founder Joshua Gordon hopes that more institutions will take advantage of these skills and use them to minimize the costs of conflict.
“Most people can benefit from changing their perspective on conflict,” Gordon said. “We usually find that after even a half day of training, people start to frame their interests and arguments differently, and that leads to better group outcomes.”
A common belief is that simply more communication can solve disputes and disable tensions. Research has found however, that communication skills do not equate to effective sports conflict management skills. Much like the specific skills learned in sports, athletes and coaches must deliberately practice and improve their conflict skills to be able to handle incidents that arise.
SCI workshops teach the fundamentals of effective conflict management, conflict styles, negotiation, and consensus building. Based on thirty years of research and taught to hundreds of audiences, these sessions are customizable for the specific challenges teams face and can be targeted to audiences including administrators, coaches, athletes, and others.
“Every day there is a sports conflict that makes national headlines,” Gordon says. “Sports provides the perfect environment for learning how to manage conflict, but the value of these skills applies to all areas of life.”
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SCI supports competitive goals in athletics through understanding, preventing, and resolving destructive conflict both inside and outside the lines. SCI serves as a knowledge center and provides a range of services to help ensure student-athlete experience is part of a healthy university culture while optimizing performance on and off the field of play. Conflict is inevitable, but how we respond determines whether success follows or costs mount. SCI Founder Joshua Gordon has over 20 years of conflict management experience.