Examine how your objectives affect others

Write down your own goals and reflect on whether they are an obstacle or oppose those of a colleague. For example, your need to show that you are competent may lead you to always assume the role as secretary in joint meetings, thereby not leaving any space for your colleague to do the same thing. 
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Examine how your objectives affect others

Are you passionate about your job, with ambitious goals, visions, and wishes? Maybe your goal is to have greater responsibility, become manager, or become the leading authority in your area of expertise. It is important to have goals and work towards them, but when you focus on what is important for you, you can indirectly obstruct another colleague’s desires. In a classic article, Professor Louis R. Pondy argues that a conflict between two parties occurs when someone feels that their desires are obstructed.