Working with Conflict:
How to Skillfully Harness Contrasting
Points of View as a Catalyst for Learning and Growth

Course Description

  • Are you or your team members having a difficult time with decision-making?

  • Is your organization experiencing resistance to authority or change?

  • Are you stuck and looking for ways to raise creativity and innovation?

  • Does it feel like your team members are working against each other instead of with each other?

  • Are some of your stakeholders disengaged or struggling to find a way to work with you?

If you answered yes to any of the above, CoResolve can help you.

Powered by the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy, CoResolve is a two day training program that gives you the theoretical background, instructions, experiential learning opportunities, and long term support that you need to achieve your leadership goals.
Regardless of what environment you are leading in, we recognize that the hardest part of being a leader is understanding and managing individuals and team dynamics. Creating and maintaining an environment where people bring their best selves and everyone feels heard is challenging – but it is achievable.
This course can help you:

  • Become more present and self-aware in the moment

  • Better understand how to own your role as leader when required

  • Deal with indecision that often arises when a diversity of opinions exists

  • Get buy-in on your decisions and make people feel considered and understood

  • Learn the obstacles to good communication and how to build the foundations for shared understanding

  • Harness the power of collective intelligence by enabling even the most quiet of participants to express their views

  • Learn how to pick up on the early signs of resistance and emerging conflict so you’re able to reduce tension before it becomes a problem

  • Resolve differences of opinions, arguments and conflicts instead of allowing anger and blaming to continue

You will learn how to lean into, instead of shying away from, tension and conflict; recognize and overcome resistance to decision making; hear all the voices in a group; draw out diverse opinions; and, confidently step into tension and navigate through it, and gain ‘buy-in’ to decisions and change.

Standard Course Length

  • Typically offered as a 2-day training.  

  • Also available in a series of ½-day or 3-hour sessions.  

  • An shorter (2 hour) introductory session is also available.


Please contact us for pricing information.

FAcilitated by

Paul Horton – Principal Member of The Athena Group since 2013. Paul is a leadership and strategy coach and organizational change professional with over 20 years of experience working with the public, private, non-profit, and higher education sectors.  He is keenly aware of the pressures decision-makers and leaders are under to deliver in the face of rapid change, uncertainty, budget and time constraints, and increasing demands from stakeholders.  Paul sees his work as helping leaders navigate complexity and change, lead with clarity, and achieve internal alignment and coherence. He also works with groups to help them become more adaptive and resilient and build and sustain a culture of trust, mutual respect, and on-going learning.

Paul’s work is grounded in both a theoretical and a practical understanding of systems thinking, organizational theory, and group (or “process oriented”) dynamics.  He specializes in using dialogue-based, participatory approaches to engage diverse perspectives, build social capital, and improve organizational outcomes. Paul is skilled at facilitating meetings where there is a high degree difference or divisiveness, and that generate personal insights and uncover innovative possibilities for moving forward.

Paul received his Master’s in Leadership in Complexity & Strategic Sustainable Development from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.  He also earned a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot Graduate School. Paul is also a certified CoResolve instructor (CoResolve is an adjunct of Deep Democracy, a facilitation methodology for engaging conflict and working with differences).