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Creative Conflict - Thoughts on Differing Points of View

People having different thoughtsCreative Conflict is a series of interlinked pieces that explore how conflict arises in the workplace between people with a common goal but differing backgrounds. These conflicts are usually minor. However, if left unchecked they can become destructive and lead to the formation of subtle or not so subtle boundaries and silos between individuals or groups.

While these conflicts are usually minor they can escalate and become destructive. In groups this can lead to the formation of subtle or not so subtle silos, while in individuals the result is often prolonged inaction…

The best performing organizations and people welcome these conflicts. The reason for this is that they know how to harness them and turn them from a destructive experience into a highly creative one where the differences are explored and new ideas, practices, teams, and in some cases entire businesses emerge.

The following articles are designed to act as starting points for understanding some of the more common differences.




Patenting vs. Not Patenting PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:37

Many companies struggle with Intellectual Property and in particular patents. The typical conflict arises between

  • Technical staff who want to see their work used or business people who view patents as an expensive ineffective distraction and
  • Investors who want some comfort that the company they have / are about to invest in has some kind of locked in advantage or advisors to the business trying to help them create a defensible position.

The fundamental cause of this conflict is a mutual lack of understanding around patents and strategy. Get the mix right and a good strategy with the appropriate use of patents can capture and create a lot of value in a business. Get it wrong and the potential exists to waste a lot of money in fees or to leave the business exposed to a competitor who knows what it's doing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:50
 
Technologists vs. Business Development PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 September 2008 23:08

Over the years I’ve observed a curious dance between Technologists (typically Ph.D.’s) and Business Development (typically MBAs) when they try to create new businesses. Both groups are made up of incredibly smart people with great skillsets and yet they often have trouble getting along and they fail to work together effectively. The reason for this stems from they way in which each is educated.

 
Yes And vs. Yes But PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 September 2008 00:00

Most if not all of us have tried an idea out and heard a response along the lines
 “YES, I understand what you’re saying BUT here’s how your idea is wrong / broken / flawed”.

Think of what happens next…. and then think of what your response would be if instead you heard a response along the lines
  “YES, I understand what you’re saying AND if we were to do X then we’d could make it even better….”

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2008 22:12