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Why avoiding conflict can make it harder to get buy-in for your idea

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On his HBR.org blog, John Kotter puts forward the theory that conflict can actually help in getting an idea accepted.

This will come as a surprise to leaders who put such a high value on consensus that they feel an urge to complete agreement on everything.

The author observes that such leaders "stamp out disagreements over the issues because they fear their subordinates might get their feelings hurt, some teammates will harbour grudges, or the team could lose cohesiveness".

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