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Apr 14, 2004 2:39 am Rewording example (tell me if it helps)
Eric Sohn

The original post:

Hey, Steve -

Part of where I was coming from came from a book called 9 1/2 Weird Ideas That Work (I'm too lazy today to put in the link to my bookstore - maybe I'll edit later). One of the "weird" ideas is that, to get creative ideas, take people and make them fight. Apparently, the thinking on your feet required to attack and/or defend stirs up the juices - and takes you past pat responses.

I suspect as we read the exchanges here - which really weren't that bad, actually - we connected viscerally and responded on instinct. As the viewpoints went back and forth, our worldviews had to consider and perhaps incorporate what was being written.

So, did we learn? Personally, I did - letting things run on (as long as no one comes to blows) is not the end of the world. Did we learn something about ourselves - or others? I think so.

So, here's a question for you (all of you):

Does this exchange remind you of something that's happened to you in your business? How did you handle it? Did you "get" ulcers more, "give" ulcers more - or was it pretty even-handed? Do you have a consistent pattern to how you deal with conflict in your business? How might that be affecting your business results? What might you do differently?

Coach Eric

P.S. My wife tells me I'm nuts, that she always avoids conflict. I assure you, that's no news to me! :`)

Reworded post

The book called 9 1/2 Weird Ideas That Work says that you can get creative ideas by making employees fight. Thinking on your feet quickly exhausts prepared responses and leads to new thoughts.

Perhaps reading the recent posts touched us instinctually. As new posts appeared, we considered the content and possibly adjusted our opinions, as well our responses, to the new information.

What did I learn? Letting things play out is not the end of the world. Did others learn something about themselves - or others?

So, here's a question for you (all of you):

Does this exchange remind you of recent events in your business? How did you handle it? Did you "get" ulcers more, "give" ulcers more - or was it evenly-balanced? Do you have a consistent pattern to how you deal with conflict in your business? How could that affect your business results? What might you do differently?

Coach Eric

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