Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Will you dare to disagree?

Margaret Heffernan does an amazing job of revealing why we need those rare people who are willing to publicly disagree with the prevailing thinking in a system or organization...even if they are a part of it and want it to succeed. 

While most people instinctively avoid conflict, Heffernan shows us in this TED Talk that good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners, employees, and/or team members aren’t echo chambers. She explains how great research teams, relationships and businesses not only allow but also embrace, foster, and acknowledge the importance of those who deeply disagree with the status quo. These indeed are often the ones who have the courage to say what so many others are thinking.

Watch this video below and think about how we can do a better job of fostering this in the education system.

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