The bat flip was heard around the world, or at least that is what the baseball community claimed. It has stirred up many interesting conversations; both at work and at home. A lot of people, including current and ex-baseball players have had different opinions about what might be the most infamous bat flip in MLB history. During the 2015 American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, Blue Jays’ right fielder José Bautista hit a 3-run home run, giving the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead, sealing their victory. The city of Toronto went into a frenzy. But not everyone was impressed by the bat flip.
Besides the Texas Rangers, the loudest antagonist against José Bautista’s bat flip has been former New York Yankee and Hall of Famer, Goose Gossage. In a 10-minute interview with an ESPN reporter, the former relief pitcher called Bautista “a disgrace to the game” among other things. Others have since chimed in, and it has turned into a bigger disagreement of how baseball should be played.
This has made me think about how some disagreements in a workplace can quickly get out of hand and turn into something more than it should be. Below is a brief overview of some key actions one can do to prevent or handle disagreements at work.
- Make sure there is a disagreement
- Separate yourself from your position
- Maintain professionalism
- Listen to the other person
- Watch what you say
- Use a lower voice
- Try to see the other person’s point of view
- Sometimes you need to agree to disagree
- When the disagreement is resolved, put it behind you
It is always a good idea to choose the high road and act in a professional manner when dealing with any dispute, whether it is at work or home. Hopefully, the next time you are in this situation, some of the tips above will help you come to a quick and calm solution.