John Maxwell Leadership Bible:  (Proverbs 15:1-7)

God rightly expects leaders to manage conflict within their organizations.  But how can you best accomplish this?

A good place to start is Proverbs 15:1–yet while we often quote this verse, we seldom practice it.  Sometimes only the leaders are given  liberty to express anger; and sooner or later this kind of unhealthy environment comes back to haunt them.  Leaders must create safe places for communication.  Master communication and  you manage conflict.  Look at the first seven verses of Proverbs 15 and not its counsel about managing conflict:

  1.  Remain calm and gentle when confronting conflict, and your example will become contagious (v.1).
  2. Speak  wisely, making sure your information is  truthful and accurate (v.2).
  3. Remember, God is the  ultimate judge and will execute justice (v.3.)
  4. Use your words to  foster healing; fix the problem, not the  blame (v.4).
  5. Stay teachable; be open to correction and quick to apologize when wrong (v.5).
  6. Add value to everyone who contacts you, even when you disagree (v.6).
  7. Speak words that spread knowledge and understanding (v.7).


I have found from experience when  dealing with clients on retirement planning that communication is the most important in the process.  Remaining calm when a conflict arises is contagious and improves the relationship  with my clients.  Being truthful and  accurate is necessary  at all times and circumstances.

When problems arise, it is  best to  fix the problem and not try to place blame for the circumstances.  I strive to  always be teachable and  open  to correction, being quick to apologize when wrong.

I try  to place value to everyone who contacts me and arrive at the  best plan even where there is disagreement.  Disagreements that cannot  be overcome results in a plan that will not achieve the goals being sought.  These disagreements can  be overcome with words that share the knowledge and  experience that has been achieved through years of developing plans that achieve these goals.

There are no “cookie cutter” plans that are designed to fit all clients.  Each  plan  must be designed and implemented to achieve each individuals goals to  reach retirement with  enough  funds and income to make certain  the retiree can remained retired.  Each case is challenging and brings excitement in achieving the desired goals.

Have a great day!



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