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Two members destroying the harmony of the group

Created: 10/16/10

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Two members destroying the harmony of the group

I coordinate a group with two members that recently developed serious conflicts outside of the group. One member began hosting all the time to keep the other out - I have stopped this. I feel as if the group is looking to me to resolve the tension and side with one. This is to be a safe haven from such turmoil. No gossip, just discussion. We're coming up on double digits in terms of years meeting and this may destroy it. Any ideas?


Posted Mar. 19, 2011 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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RE: Two members destroying the harmony of the group

Speaking personally (and that's all advice ever is really, just one person's opinion), I would say that you've taken the correct first step in preventing either of them from hosting - and, perhaps equally important, avoided the misstep of allowing yourself to be drawn into siding with one or the other.

I suppose it rather boils down to what the dispute is over. For example, if one of them has moved in with the husband of the other, that might be irretrievable for the foreseeable future - but if the dispute is over something minor then perhaps it is about time that somebody told them both to grow up?

If they cannot manage to be civil to each other, then, from what you say, you're just going to have to remove both of them from the group - because you can't do otherwise without taking sides. But if you decide to do this, it needs to be a decision made by the group and communicated by the group in such a way that it's clear that the group is not expressing an opinion on either party by doing this but simply don't want to get pulled into things - just as the surgeon will cut off the gangrenous leg before the infection spreads to the rest of the body.

Do hope this is of some help - has anyone reading this been in a similar situation to this in their group? If so, how did you handle it?


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