Conflict is often assumed to be negative. View through this lens, conflict is to be avoided whenever possible or resolved as quickly as possible. Either way, important opportunities for growth are lost. This is wei-ji-1captured in the Chinese character for conflict (wei-ji), which can be translated as a time of danger and a time of opportunity. Within this frame conflict is neither negative or positive—the focus shifts to how conflict is handled.

Walter Vale Consulting Inc. believes that conflict, while not necessarily desired, can bring important changes in ourselves and our organizations. As such, we are committed to helping parties explore the nature of conflict and identify the issues and relationships involved. Only then can parties begin to make tentative steps forward. Sometimes the conflict can be resolved; sometimes not. Either way, by handling conflict as an opportunity, people and places can be transformed.

Respondeo etsi mutabor. “I respond although I shall be changed.”