Many people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren't echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
For reflection alone or together:
According to Margaret Heffernan, Alice and George's conflict set the stage for a great scientific breakthrough. How do you approach conflict?
Do you have mostly "echo chambers" or people who actively disagree with you in your life? What do you notice about how this effects your growth and creativity?
How might you promote healthy disagreement in your team or organization?