The Right Fight: How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value

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In an age when corporate executives are focused on smoothing out differences and achieving consensus, Saj-nicole Joni and Damon Beyer contend that happy workers aren't always productive; they often become prone to boredom and complacency. While organisational harmony and strategic alignment are important, the health and wellbeing of organisations also depends on carefully constructed and constructive conflict. In "The Right Fight", Joni and Beyer turn conventional management thinking on its head, providing leaders in the fast-moving, hyper-competitive marketplaces of the 21st century with the playbook they need to orchestrate thoughtful controversy in their organisations. To be effective, battles need to be well-designed, well-fought, and subject to certain rules. Drawing from examples as diverse as Unilever, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Dell, the Clinton Administration, and the Houston Independent School System, the authors offer proven advice and guidelines for successfully introducing tension among subordinates at certain points and in certain ways. As the authors persuasively demonstrate, right fights unleash the creative, productive potential of teams, organisations, and communities - and ultimately foster better possibilities for us all.

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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.

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“A convincing and counterintuitive argument that instigating dissent, if done selectively, can produce big results.” ( Publishers Weekly)

“Joni and Beyer…present valuable, thought-provoking ideas” ( Booklist)

“Anybody in any organization who has any responsibility must read this book.” ( —Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader)

“Provocative and unique… The Right Fight illustrates how a healthy dose of tension energized some of the world’s most respected companies. It worked at Campbell.” ( —Douglas R. Conant, President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company)

“Managing tension and conflicting ideas is but part of the equation. Using them to steer the organization toward success is the other part, which is often overlooked. In The Right Fight, Saj-Nicole Joni and Damon Beyer show us how to use conflict the right way!” ( —Marshall Goldsmith is the NYT bestselling author of Succession: Are You Ready? and What Got You Here Won't Get You There )

“Tensions are the road to competitiveness, while consensus often leads to mediocrity. Saj-nicole, the nicest person on earth got it right - encouraging the right fight is the hallmark of true leadership. Great ideas are born from competition, and thrive when subjected to survival of the fittest.” ( —Rolf Classon, Chairman, Hill-Rom, and former CEO, Bayer Healthcare)

“If you care about how well organizations work, you need to buy this book, get out a highlighter, and mark up the pages. It will change the way you think about teams and how they’re run. And it will raise your collective performance and sense of satisfaction.” ( —Bridgette Heller, Global President, Johnson and Johnson Consumer Companies)

“The authors have absolutely nailed one of the critical unspoken tools in the leadership tool kit. The book helped me reflect on the right and wrong fights of the past and begin planning my next one!” ( —Gaurdie E. Banister Jr., President and CEO, Aera Energy LLC)

“If you’re a leader at any level, The Right Fight will inspire you to embrace organizational tensions, and in so doing, release the energies needed to solve your most complex problems. This is one of the most practical business books I’ve read and I recommend it highly.” ( —Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO, Acumen Fund, and author, The Blue Sweater)

“The wisdom runs deep and the stories jump off the page. Joni and Beyer show us why alignment is not enough. Fighting the right fights right can be the difference between survival and extinction. This book should be at the top of any leaders reading list.” ( —Doug Stone, coauthor of NYT bestseller Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most)

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