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Conflict mediation.

Conflict mediation.

An opportunity for group and individual growth.

In the dynamic and often intense world of sports, conflicts are inevitable. However, far from being an obstacle, effective conflict management can become a powerful tool for both individual and group growth. Conflict mediation, when done correctly, significantly enhances decision-making at all levels of a club. In this article, we explore how a well-structured methodology in conflict mediation can transform challenges into opportunities, providing key points for good mediation and describing the process of converting conflicts into personal and team growth.

Methodology: The key to effective mediation.

Conflict mediation is not just a problem-solving process; it is a technique that, when applied correctly, can strengthen relationships and improve team dynamics. Andrés Barrientos, an expert in peace culture and sports mediator, emphasizes: "Effective mediation is based on empathy, active listening, and neutrality, allowing the involved parties to reach mutual understanding and find creative solutions."

Key points for good mediation.

1. Active Listening: The foundation of any successful mediation is active listening. Mediators must pay attention not only to words but also to the tone, emotions, and body language of the involved parties.

2. Neutrality: The mediator must be impartial and avoid taking sides. Marina Caireta, a renowned professional in peace culture, explains: "Neutrality ensures that the parties feel safe and respected, which is essential for open dialogue."

3. Empathy: Understanding the emotions and perspectives of the parties is crucial. Empathy helps build bridges and fosters a trustful environment.

4. Clear Communication: Establishing and maintaining clear and direct communication facilitates mutual understanding and effective conflict resolution.

5. Creativity in Problem-Solving: Mediators should be able to think creatively and help the parties find solutions that benefit everyone.

Turning conflict into an opportunity for growth.

The process of transforming a conflict into an opportunity for growth involves several steps. First, it is essential to identify and understand the roots of the conflict. Then, through mediation, a constructive dialogue between the involved parties is facilitated. This dialogue should focus on identifying common interests and exploring possible solutions.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that teams that manage conflicts well tend to be more cohesive and perform better in the long term (De Dreu et al., 2001). Additionally, research in the International Journal of Conflict Management indicates that mediation can significantly improve team members' satisfaction and commitment to common goals (Carnevale & Pruitt, 1992).

In a practical example, Marina Caireta mediated a conflict in a youth football club where tensions between players and coaching staff threatened to disintegrate the team. Through a structured mediation process, underlying concerns were identified and honest dialogue was promoted. The result was a more united team with greater clarity in their shared goals.


Conflict mediation is a powerful tool that can transform team dynamics and strengthen interpersonal relationships. With an appropriate methodology and the application of key techniques, conflicts can become opportunities for both individual and group growth. As demonstrated by Andrés Barrientos and Marina Caireta, mediation not only resolves problems but also builds a more collaborative and successful environment.

Our Advice.

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- De Dreu, C. K. W., Harinck, F., & Van Vianen, A. E. M. (2001). Conflict and performance in groups and organizations. *Journal of Applied Psychology*, 86(6), 1208-1222.

- Carnevale, P. J., & Pruitt, D. G. (1992). Negotiation and mediation. *Annual Review of Psychology*, 43(1), 531-582.