by Ken Sterling
Originally published: August 1, 2017
There are many misconceptions about innovation. While some people believe collaboration is key, others possess the innovation-killing idea that creativity is the sole responsibility of the technology department. However, one of the deadliest barriers to innovation is the notion that conflict should be prevented.
Though leaders often fear conflict and seek to eliminate it, cultivating constructive conflict in the workplace through a diversity of perspectives is necessary for sustained creativity.
In their new book, The Innovation Code, Jeff and Staney Degraff list four steps to create constructive conflict in an organization. After studying innovation for years in Fortune 500 companies, they believe the best way to create this constructive conflict is to gather a diversity of worldviews and use them to create innovative solutions:
1. Assemble a diversity of perspectives.