At the risk of really upsetting some folks – particularly those in the church, I would like to make the case for disagreement. Unity is a wonderful thing – sometimes. But many have taken it to the extremes. As a result, unity (or thinking in unison or alike) is more important to these people than conflict – even creative conflict. But the Bible says that “Iron sharpens iron” and that doesn’t happen without metal smashing together and a few sparks flying.
We’d all like everyone to be on the same page, but we often take unity too far. Trust me – conflict is going to happen, and in organizations where unity is prized – or required – they just take it underground and keep it invisible – where it can really do serious damage. When that happens, it becomes “strife” – which can be like cancer inside an organization or team.
But if we’re ever going to create breakthrough ideas, we have to disagree, and sometimes even have a good fight. So stop taking it personally, and don’t be afraid to disagree with respect. Creative conflict is often the driver of new ideas, so learn how to develop it, nurture it, and encourage it.
Now – let’s go punch it out…