Human relations managers in businesses often find themselves managing situations of inter-personal conflict.
How can you manage disagreements in ways that build personal and collegial relationships rather than harming them?
If you are trying to pick a movie to watch, and you really don't care, it's fine to say 'Whatever you want is ok with me'.Motto: "Whatever." The accommodating style is one of sacrifice, selflessness and low assertiveness.You are willing to give up just about everything in order to preserve the relationship with the other party.You are willing to trade some of your needs in order to win concessions from the other side.This style can be effective when both parties are equally powerful and willing to cooperate, and they want to preserve the relationship for the future.Use this strategy carefully.) Two other times when an accommodating strategy can be appropriate: (1) if you are a manager and want your subordinates to take on responsibility and learn from their own mistakes, and (2) when you are hopelessly outmatched in power and the other side is using a competing strategy and you are going to lose anyway. If you feel that your concerns are never acknowledged and your opinions are ignored, you may be too accommodating.