Most people instinctively try to avoid conflict at work. It's understandable—who wants to say something that could create tension among your co-workers or potentially even get you fired?

But did you ever think that, by keeping your head down, you might be keeping yourself and your organization from progressing? In this TED talk, business leader Margaret Heffernan argues that conflict is critical for solving important problems. In fact, she recommends that managers and leaders encourage their employees to share different opinions, approaching conflict as a way of thinking together rather than as opposition.

Watch this video for more wisdom on how you can use conflict positively in your workplace.

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