Productive Conflict - by Ravi Patel

 

Can conflict be good for Entrepreneurs?

 

Entrepreneurs are often used to acting decisively, but often make their decisions alone without alternative viewpoints. This works while the company is in the infancy stage, but prudent, consistent management requires input from various points of view before arriving at decisions.

 

Encouraging healthy and productive conflict in your organization where diverse opinions and alternatives are sought is a recipe for long term success. Optimal decisions are made when multiple facets of an issue are considered by analyzing pros and cons. Surrounding yourself with people who mostly say “yes” to the Entrepreneur/CEO is not a healthy situation.

 

Productive conflict is healthy and beneficial for soliciting diverse thinking on issues. Arriving at decisions after considering all sides is optimal for a growing organization. Obviously, once the decision is made everyone needs to be aligned behind the decision. Conflict then is not healthy or productive.

 

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