Who’s your new partner?

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

That quote from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk To Freedom is always relevant.

One of the reasons that workplace disputes can drag on, sometimes for years, is the sometimes understandable reluctance to work with the other party.

The problem is that reluctance can become entrenched animosity – and the other party can become the enemy.

When people get to that stage it can seem the easier option to shut off all contact.

But reaching a solution requires that all parties eventually work together, even if they don’t always enjoy doing that.

Note that Mandela talked about your “enemy” becoming your “partner”. That’s not the same as becoming your friend – although it’s a marvellous bonus if that happens, too!

© Osborne Mediation 2018