Causes of Conflict – Part V

This week we’re discussing causes of conflict in today’s workplace. One of those causes is obstinance.

There are some people who love to cause trouble. If you say yes, they say no.

As a junior loan officer, my job required me to present loan proposals to the bank’s loan committee. One of the members of the committee prided himself on being contrary.

Even if the loan request was agreeable to everyone else, this gentleman would disagree and criticize the presenter. His demeanor caused great conflict at times, and damaged many relationships.

Proverbs 16:28 teaches, “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

The word perverse means obstinate or a troublemaker. If you tend to be obstinate, work on being more agreeable. It will enhance your relationships.


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