Robin's Avoidance: Initial Meetings

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One style of conflict that arises in this initial meeting is that of Avoidance and this lose-lose conflict style is exhibited by Jane and Kathleen as they ignore or stay away from conflict with Robin (Adler, Rosenfeld, & Proctor, 2013). During their meeting, Jane and Kathleen provide their feedback regarding their thoughts on this new process and what should be done to handle the process effectively and look to Robin for his input. Robin replies with the nonchalant response of, “I’m fine with whatever we do, I’ll support whatever is going on (Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, 2015).” Kathleen replies “Ok, that sound good” and Jane continues the conversation without pausing to talk about Robin’s non-committal responses or to further explore his attitudes towards their ideas (Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, 2015). Robin comments that he has not read up on the new process nor completed a Gap analysis and remarks that he will read it when he has the time. Kathleen and Jane do not comment on this and instead Jane continues past these remarks and again the issue of Robin’s lack of commitment and cooperation is bypassed. Their avoidance, according to Adler, Rosenfeld and Proctor II (2013), suggests that Kathleen and Jane do not think there is anyway to address and
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Some of Robin’s passive aggressive behaviors include, frequently checking his watch to draw attention to the time, rolling his eyes at the comments of the other two group members, scornful laughs, sarcastic comments, folding his arms across his chest, leaning back away from the table and looking down and fidgeting with his papers or his hands. Robin’s behaviors are suggestive of a freeloader, or someone lacking commitment to the group, as described by Connery and Vohs