Disagreement isn't always a bad thing! One could argue that it is one of the most valuable traits to have in a successful business. There is one caveat: It has to be done professionally. In her TED talk, Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counter intuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree. Take a look at this TED talk, and use it as a challenge to your current processes at work. Then, ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I foster an environment that encourages or discourages discussion?
2. Will I respond well to disagreement, if not, what can I do to change that relationship?
3. What makes me uncomfortable with disagreement, specifically?
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