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When Team Conflicts Are Ignored

When teams avoid conflict at all costs, it impedes their effectiveness. A survey found that 91 percent of high-level managers believe teams are the key to success. But the evidence doesn’t always support this assertion. Many teamwork-related problems remain hidden from view, including fear of conflict, the second dysfunction of Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions […]
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Office Conflict: When Good Arguments Go Bad

“When conflict is ignored– especially at the top– the result will be an enterprise that competes more passionately with itself than with its competitors.”— Howard M. Guttman, When Goliaths Clash, 2003. As leaders, we spend an inordinate amount of time putting out fires, particularly interpersonal ones. A manager may spend 20 percent of his or […]
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Can You Detect a Consensus Leadership Mindset?

Can you detect a consensus leadership mindset? Your employees can. Working for a consensus-minded leader certainly has its advantages, but I’ve seen many problems arise when leaders succumb to consensus driven leadership. Leaders who are too democracy oriented consistently struggle to make decisions, especially on issues where the team’s view is split. Their tentativeness often […]
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Dealing with Leadership Consensus Dependency

You don’t have to look far to see the signs of leaders who aren’t comfortable dealing with disputes. Unfortunately, this only reinforces consensus dependency. Learning to accept and work within conflict is key. Leaders who resist conflict must understand its necessity: the best ideas and solutions often hatch from disagreements. If leaders can learn that […]
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Toxic Leadership: In Search of Prevention

What can organizations do to prevent toxic leadership? I’ve been doing some reading and sharing on bad bosses and toxic leaders. Perhaps what’s needed is a counterintuitive approach. Instead of dwelling on toxic behaviors’ destructive impact, consultants and coaches can work with people to create early awareness of dysfunctions. When toxicity is identified early on, […]
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