Conflict Resolution as Per Dewey

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Throughout one 's life, one establishes many relationships. Some are built upon, and become strong and unshakable, some are broken and left to dissolve. While some are paved slowly and with love, blossoming to become something wonderful, others are blown apart - the pieces scattered, never to be put back together again. Though these relationships vary, from professional to personal, they are all prone to encountering some form of conflict. John Dewey has designed a problem solving sequence with 6 (six) steps, listed and explained below, to facilitate resolution of these conflicts.

Since the way one deals with conflict within the relationship will affect how the relationship progresses, it is vital that one posse all the necessary
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A decision can also be reached through the process of "majority rules". Though this process is a fairer one it must be performed by a small group, and not two individuals. Since George and Max are co-owners, and there is no leader among them, they will be using the consensus method for their decision making. In this type of method, a unanimous decision must be reached, therefor all parties must be in agreement.

George and Max have decided to combine the student special with the music nights. This causes little change in their budgets and satisfies their criteria for evaluating solutions.

6. Test selected solutions.

After a solution has been identified and selected, a test should be made to ensure it 's effectiveness. This can be done through polling, analyzing, and other methods of collecting data.

George and Max will try their solutions for two weeks and observe the if there is an increase in their sales by comparing the totals of the two weeks to the two previous weeks. They have also chosen to advertise using homemade signs in the windows.

As with every change, there is a trail-and-error period where things are revised and new circumstances may render the old decision obsolete. These steps are to be followed in an orderly fashion, but this does not mean that they can not be returned to. If, after completing a step, the desired result is not obtained, one can always go back to any previous step they wish and start from
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