Monthly Archives January 2020

The Mechanics of Conflict

Conflict is an uncomfortable, yet unavoidable part of every workplace.

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That’s not the first time you’ve heard this sentiment from us, and it won’t be the last. Because on the one hand, conflict has the potential to cripple organizational culture. But on the other hand, it can also fuel productivity, problem solving, and innovation. So an in-depth look at what conflict is, common approaches to it, and opportunities for improvement is more than warranted.

Conflict presents itself in many ways—unfortunately, most of them are pretty destructive, and in some instances, even toxic. You’ve probably run into damaging conflict behaviors like passive-aggression, gossiping, stonewalling, or hypercriticismmore than once throughout the course of your career...

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If You Aren’t Stretching, You Aren’t Learning

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“Stability is a shut off switch for your brain.”

This is the central idea of Inc.’s article, “Science Has Just Confirmed That If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You’re Not Learning” written by Jessica Stillman. Her statement is backed by research from Yale University that says brain regions associated with learning basically shut down when we are operating within a predictable pattern. When uncertainty comes into play, our brains snap into learning mode.

“This makes sense,” Stillman writes. “Once you’ve figured out the best way to behave in a given learning environment, learning new techniques or approaches is pointless...

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