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When conflict happens

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The FME class is a real training for what happens in daily activities of a company. From the challenges that come up (read: do, learn, repeat) to reports that are done with regularity, the class is a really practice for what comes in real life. For some people, FME also taught a lot about conflict. I am sure any Babson student reading this post can name at least five friends who have bad memories from the class because of a annoying CEO or a guy from sales that did not his or her job properly. For me, however, FME was a class without conflicts at all. I am the type of person that avoids conflict, so it was natural for me to stay away from this type of stress. Coming to real life, I feel that not having conflicts in the class was a missed opportunity to learn about such disputes.

In the company I am interning this summer, I lead, along with another coworker, a team of five people. My personality, as mentioned before, leads to avoid conflict, while my coworker is the total opposite. Soon, we had an issue with one of the other coworkers and I had to manage the situation and soon the OB concepts came to mind. It was interesting to apply those in real life and see the results coming to solve the conflicts.