The artificial harmony vs. the constructive conflicts

The artificial harmony vs. the constructive conflicts

01 January


This week I'd like to talk about an important aspect of team dynamics that can impact the effectiveness and success of your team: the balance between artificial harmony and constructive conflicts. As a team leader of a dynamic and diverse team, you are no doubt familiar with the challenges of creating an environment that encourages both collaboration and honest expression.

It is tempting to strive for superficial harmony, swallowing opinions and avoiding conflict to maintain the appearance of unity. However, as you may have experienced, this artificial harmony can ultimately lead to suppressed frustrations and a lack of creativity and innovation within the team.

On the other hand, a constructive conflict is essential for the growth and development of the team. When opinions are shared and ideas are challenged in an atmosphere of respect and openness, there is room for new insights and creative solutions. These conflicts are not a sign of division, but rather of commitment.

As a coach, I want to encourage you to create an environment where your team members feel free to share their thoughts and viewpoints, even if they differ from yours. Encourage open communication and value the diversity of perspectives within the team.
I therefore advise you to read the book “The 5 frustrations of teamwork” by Patrick Lencioni.

Don't see constructive conflict as a threat, but as an opportunity to grow and learn, both individually and collectively. As a coach, I am ready to support you in navigating these processes and helping you cultivate a culture of openness, respect and innovation within your team, so that your team can perform optimally

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