New Podcast Episode – How to Transform Polarizing Conflict to Productive Outcomes

Podcast: How to Transform Polarizing Conflict to Productive Outcomes

Conflict within executive teams can either be a source of innovation or a stumbling block to progress. How teams engage in conflict matters significantly. Some let issues fester, avoiding crucial discussions, while others handle conflicts aggressively. Both extremes can impede effective decision-making and innovation. In this episode of our podcast, we sit down with Dr. Aftab Erfan, the Executive Director of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, and explore how to transform polarizing conflicts into productive outcomes.


The Dynamics of Conflict

Dr. Erfan provides insights into the dynamics of conflict within executive teams:
  • Avoidance: Teams that avoid conflict often miss out on addressing issues that are vital for the business.
  • Aggression: Aggressive approaches to conflict can create a toxic environment, stifling collaboration and creativity.

“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”
– Wayne Dyer​

Practical Strategies for Leaders

Dr. Erfan shares several practical strategies for leaders to handle conflicts more effectively, including:
  • Foster Open Dialogue: Create an environment where team members feel safe to express their views openly and honestly.
  • Implement Structured Processes: Use structured conflict resolution processes to ensure all perspectives are considered and common ground is found.
  • Develop Emotional Intelligence: Cultivate emotional intelligence to better manage and defuse conflicts, turning them into opportunities for growth and innovation.

Transforming Conflict into Productivity

Effective conflict management is crucial for the success of executive teams. By applying the strategies discussed in our podcast, leaders can turn conflicts into productive conversations that drive innovation and better decision-making.
Tune in and gain deeper insights and practical advice on navigating conflict within your team.

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