Clarity on strategy, structure and procedures reduces conflict potential. Each meeting involving decisions affecting the campaign team or alliance should be documented in a short report, which is distributed to all members.
Cultivating “soft skills”, such as respect for each campaign member’s contribution, also plays a key role in conflict prevention. This is part and parcel of the ethical rules that campaigns should follow. In addition, regular consultation to ensure that members’ voices are not only heard, but also taken into account, will go a long way towards limiting potential conflict.
The Kansas University Community Toolbox recommends the “6 R’s” for maintaining engagement of all participants. You can address the R’s in a continuous process of formal and informal consultation and feed-back within a team or alliance: