“If we cannot learn to engage in productive, ideological conflict during meetings, we are through.” – Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
There is one thing that most every person that has ever met me may agree with: I am not much for rocking the boat. My admission of that has never met with much discernment from myself, as I have often taken pride in that ability to remain objective. Yet, in reading this quote, first in Dave Dimmet’s Leadertalk post, and then again in Miguel’s weekly recap, a smarter part of me took offense to my usual behavioral pattern.
What’s wrong with discord? In this position, which I cannot call “new” anymore, I am constantly faced with opportunities for constructive discord, and I have found that over the course of the first 10 months in this position, I have often either pacified, avoided, or circumvented opportunities for disagreement. Why? Let’s see what happens when disagreement happens in front of me. What will it mean if I help people who disagree come to terms with the fact that they disagree? I am going to go with Dave’s advice here and see what happens. I’ll report back on the state of that idea.
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