Step 6 Take Other Action

If the collaborative methods (Step 3 Negotiation and Step 4 Mediation) and higher authority (Step 5) fail, each party still has other options for dealing with the conflict.

Under the heading of Step 6 Other Action are:

  1. Unilateral exercise of power to force a solution (for example strikes, non-violent actions, just war);
  2. Individual action, including leaving the scene where the conflict exists (called “take this job and shove it” by country singer, Johnny Paycheck);
  3. Cultivating spiritual serenity in the face of circumstances that you cannot change, perhaps waiting for another day to try again.

Click Goals below for a checklist of options that others sometimes use in Step 6.