30 September, 2020

Sanlam – how to disagree

Below, I’ve included some useful additional resources and a book suggestion for if you’d like to continue building on your knowledge from the course.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kate Jennings (kate@cambridgeexec.co.uk)


Useful links

Great TED Talk on learning to be disagreed with, to value dissent and to overcome the drive to seek out people like ourselves and to avoid challenge:

Ted talk on ‘daring to disagree’: becoming good at conflict allows people to become creative and to solve problems

Here’s a way of categorising forms of disagreement – from the least to the most productive:

https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/how-to-disagree-well-7-of-the-best-and-worst-ways-to-argue

Radio 4 documentary all about how to disagree.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/how-to-disagree-beginners-guide-to-having-better-arguments/id1437189385

Good article on building a healthy conflict culture in your team or organisation:

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/encourage-meaningful-needed-conflict-1917870

Great way of thinking about the purpose of disagreement: ‘The Art of Thoughtful Disagreement’, in which the goal is not to convince the opposite party that you are right, but simply to find out which view is true:

https://medium.com/swlh/how-to-improve-discussions-the-art-of-thoughtful-disagreement-24e6b838e81e

The Harvard Business Review articles assesses the value of cognitive diversity in teams for effective decision making:

https://hbr.org/2017/03/teams-solve-problems-faster-when-theyre-more-cognitively-diverse

Book suggestion

Rebel Thinking by Matthew Syed:
https://www.waterstones.com/book/rebel-ideas/matthew-syed/9781473613911

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