a) a Single-Focus Alternative Approach, b) a Mixed-Focus Alternative Approach, or c) a Multiple-Focus Alternative Approach.
The Single-Focal Technique is most effective when the conflict can be resolved by focusing on one single but important issue that needs to be addressed. This is often an appropriate approach for dealing with issues that are somewhat similar in nature and thus lend themselves to being treated as one topic. For example, if you have two employees who are upset about not getting raises because their managers don’t believe they deserve them (a large number of people think this way), then it’s best to focus your attention on determining why well over half of all employers do not give raises to new hires unless the company has experienced significant growth during the past year (which means more money). The goal here is for everyone involved in this discussion—the manager and employee alike—to understand that there’s nothing wrong with what they’re doing; rather, it makes good business sense based upon generally accepted accounting principles. They could still show compassion for each other because someone else will probably hear about this conversation next week at work (and quite possibly within hours). If no such feedback were forthcoming, then both parties would come away feeling much better than before they began talking!
The Mixed-Focal Technique works best when multiple issues need to be considered simultaneously; yet focusing on several different issues doesn’t make any more sense than paying attention only to some aspects of any problem while ignoring others completely