The Right Fight: How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value
The Right Fight, the new management guide from noted business strategists Saj-nicole Joni and Damon Beyer, turns management thinking on its head and shows why, in the fast-moving, hyper-competitive marketplaces of the 21st century, leaders need to both foster alignment and orchestrate thoughtful controversy in their organizations to get the best out of them. The authors groundbreaking research including examples as diverse as Unilever, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Dell, the Clinton Administration, and the Houston Independent School System shows that happy workers can become bored or complacent and thus less productive than workers who are subjected to a little properly managed tension. Readers of Good to Great and Winning, as well as the Harvard Business Review and Strategy + Business, will find much to ponder in The Right Fight."
NEWS & OPINION: This week on inBubbleWrap!
Posted August 12, 2011, 5:38 PM with category of Management & Workplace CultureThe Right Fight by Saj-Nicole Joni and Damon Beyer, Harper, 234 pages, $26. 99, Hardcover, 2010, ISBN 9780061717161 The most common metaphor for alignment within a company, it seems, refers to everyone needing to pull on the same oars. Authors Saj-Nicole Joni and Damon Beyer, in their book, The Right Fight, define this nautically-tinged tenet with a bit more specificity than I just did: "To accomplish anything, the logic goes, employees must agree about the mission, strategy, and goals of an organization. Read more
NEWS & OPINION: Progress or Paper Ceiling?
Posted September 29, 2010, 1:53 PM with category of Management & Workplace CultureIn the 2008 edition of our annual year-in-review, In the Books, I wrote an essay titled: "For Women Only? A Look at Trends in Business Books Written by Women. " It's a topic that always intrigues me. Read more
STAFF PICKS: The Right Fight
Posted March 8, 2010, 10:39 PM with category of Management & Workplace CultureTensions are going to exist in any organization of human beings, from the marriage of two individuals all the way up to the social contract of a nation. The most successful leaders use that inherent tension and struggle to creatively further the organization—whether it's a spouse gently challenging the other to become the person they aspire to be, a corporate leader fomenting healthy disagreement on strategy to find a better approach, or a civil rights leader confronting an unjust, societal status quo to improve living conditions. It is when we try to suppress those struggles and ignore the tension that we ultimately fail to move forward. Read more
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