As much as we all want projects to run smoothly there are times when difficulties arise between team member’s and the success of a project becomes threatened by inertia, wasted energy and deadlock. There are many reasons why this can happen but whatever the reason the outcome is potentially disastrous. These situations need addressing urgently and professionally.
It could be that suppliers have had issues on site where individual priorities have conflicted. It could also be that the client doesn’t really understand what is involved and their expectations are at odds with the realities of the work contracted. The contractor and professional team may be at odds over the design. It could be a combination of all of those reasons. Whatever the reasons, if there is a serious case of deadlock it is essential a resolution is found as soon as possible before the wheels come completely off the relationship and we are into ‘lose/lose’ territory.
Having successfully dealt with numerous situations like this before and seen how projects have become deadlocked, I have the experience needed to investigate the reasons and have strategies that will get working relationships between all of the people involved back into a positive framework that will give support for the remainder of the project.
…Restoring Productivity To Struggling Relationships
Priceless. Breakthroughs made in learning of client’s frustrations and unspoken drivers. Now we can deal with them.
Chris Souter Costain
To support project teams who are struggling in a relationship to move them beyond struggle and disabling contention.
The Relationship Cycle
Real Relationships have their dark days and sticky patches. Experiencing the peaks and troughs of growth go with the territory in an evolving relationships.
Sometimes relationships get stuck in a trough and it just seems to get deeper (and people keep digging themselves in!).
Frustratingly, although that scenario is pretty common its relatively simple to overcome. If only we knew how and with a relatively small investment of time. Here’s how:
The Unlocking Deadlockâ„¢ tool has three primary functions:
- To get the relationship back on a productive heading. To clear up restricting legacy, handle misunderstandings, restore trust, confidence and direction.
- To resolve the conflict with the relationship intact win/win. Versus the win / lose scenario associated with other means of conflict resolution.
- Once back on track, to establish a foundation on which to further evolve the productivity of the relationship.
Benefits – A Sample
- Have the team restore their relationships from within, rather than being told what to do or resorting to legal intervention.
- To have the team come up with a plan to sustain the breakthrough; they created and own it.
- To have them much more skilled in dealing with the inevitable contention the next time it shows up.
“Excellent! I think we would have sunk without this session.”
David James, BDP Architects