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BUSINESS BOOK: The right fight |How great leaders use healthy conflict to drive performance, innovation, and value

shutterstock_152360879 The Right Fight
Harmony and alignment are not always the best way to get the most out of organizations. Contrary to conventional management wisdom, leaders can unleash creativity, innovation, and the productive potential of their employees by strategically employing “right fights.”
The fundamental premise: A certain amount of struggle and stress energizes organizations and individuals, leading to optimal execution.
Helping leaders to identify good fights from bad ones is The Right Fight: How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value. A book by former Strategy& Senior Fellow Saj-nicole Joni and former Senior Executive Adviser Damon Beyer.
Joni and Beyer provide a practical guide to harness the power of tension and achieve results in every organization, industry, and functional area. Their book uses case studies ranging from Campbell Soup, GE, and Broadway’s The Lion King to Dove, Microsoft, and the Reagan Administration in demonstrating how the “right fight” approach benefits people and organizations in three essential ways: lowering risks with an effective system of checks and balances, generating value by sparking real change, and creating better managers for the future.
These ideas are of particular interest to organizations looking to develop strategies to manage global complexity and uncertainty, create broad organizational transformation and turnarounds, and manage seemingly conflicting goals such as fueling future growth during periods of necessary cost reductions.
The book was excerpted in the The Harvard Business Review and has received favorable endorsements from leading management thinkers such as Warren Bennis, founding chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California.
Saj-nicole Joni, Ph.D., is an internationally known business strategist and adviser to CEOs and top executives. She is the founder and CEO of Cambridge International Group and a former Senior Fellow at Strategy&.
Damon Beyer is a former senior executive adviser to PwC’s Strategy& and a founding member of the Katzenbach Center for Organizational Innovation.
Published by Harper Collins.

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