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Tip #51: Productive Conflict

Think about your last team meeting. Was it productive, insightful, and engaging – or was it boring and a waste of your time?

As team members lose interest during meetings, they fail to interact, raise critical issues, and/ or challenge perspectives. Some members become more concerned with keeping the peace and getting out on time. People become engaged during meetings when there is something at stake. The best leaders give team members a reason to care even before the meeting begins; they set the agenda with important topics and offer timelines for discussion and resolution. Topics include important issues directly from the team that provide opportunities for spirited discussions and debate, allowing time for thoughts and ideas to be heard and/or challenged. Challenge yourself, and your team, to discuss the most important and difficult issues during your next team meeting.

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