In the usual course, I hear the expression “calculated risk” to pertain to decisions made regarding investments, applying for a job or promotion, running for office and doing other bold acts for which we weigh the pros and cons of our decisions. One definition of this phrase is: “A risky action that has been carefully considered beforehand, in which the chance or likelihood of a beneficial outcome outweighs the risk or cost of failure.”
Though I’ve not heard of the expression as it specifically applies to interpersonal conflict, we undoubtedly consider the risks when taking actions and raising issues that have the potential for leading to conflict and adversely impacting family, friends, partners, spouses, co-workers and others.
This week’s Conflict Mastery Quest(ions) blog contemplates that when it comes to our interactions with others it is a good practice to take calculated risks about whether and how to initiate or respond to provocative situations. Doing so – when we do – is typically with the objective of preventing unnecessary conflict, wanting to accept there are differences, and making the conflict productive and an opportunity to resolve a matter.
I suggest you bring to mind a potential problematic situation as you consider the following questions: