How do we encourage a constructive conflict?
Are you tired of being surrounded by people who always agree with you? Margaret Heffernan, former CEO of five businesses, reveals how disagreement can be the key to progress. In her TED Talk, she explains how the best partners are not just echo chambers, and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
But how do we encourage constructive conflict? First, we need to seek out people who are different from us. Instead of sticking to our comfort zones, we must engage with people from different backgrounds, disciplines, and ways of thinking. Unfortunately, most executives are afraid to raise issues or concerns at work, leading to stagnation and missed opportunities.
Openness is just the beginning. To truly harness the power of disagreement, we must develop the skills, habits, and moral courage to use it.