“Great art is clear thinking about mixed feelings.”
Celebrated film director Mike Nichols said this on Sunday while lauding playwright and MacDowell Medal winner Edward Albee at the MacDowell Colony’s annual Medal Day. There was a murmur around me as he said these words, spectators and artists looking at each other and nodding…the statement felt right on the tongue and in the heart.
And I thought: That’s true about conflict resolution, too. Great conflict resolution is clear thinking about mixed feelings.
I so appreciate Nichols giving us another way to think about the art of conflict resolution.
P.S. Conflict Zen readers who are project managers: The August 2011 issue of the Project Management Institute’s PM Network magazine includes an article for which I was interviewed about the importance and messiness of collaboration.
“Collaboration is messy. It requires the right amount of space for people to make mistakes and for the organization to be forgiving of those mistakes.” You can find the article, “Team Spirit,” on page 56.