After a discussion with a colleague yesterday on the topic of politics and the power of disagreement and free voices he referred me to a great recent TED talk from Margaret Heffernan called Dare to Disagree (below).  This is exactly the sentiment I was trying to convey in my post yesterday on Walking the Fence.

Disagreement is a powerful tool for progress in your organization.  As a leader you need to be constantly conscious of whether you are encouraging healthy discourse and dissenting opinions or whether you are stifling the voices that might help you avoid a catastrophe (a la the Challenger disaster).

Margaret’s talk is below:

About Tim Empringham, MBA
Tim Empringham is a passionate advocate for Innovation in organizations of all sizes as a mechanism to drive growth, create uncontested market space, create new customer value, and drive efficiency into the internal organization. His focus is on disruption of thinking and markets through integrative thinking, structured Innovation frameworks, and leadership development of Innovation and Change leaders within the organization.

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