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Get Things Done: What Stops Smart People Achieving More and How You Can Change by Robert Kelsey

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17

Dealing with Conflict

Conflict is inevitable. Indeed, if there's no conflict, we may be deliberately avoiding it – perhaps due to fear. In fact, avoiding conflict could be a key reason for our stalled progress, which – far from being a virtue (as it's often portrayed) – makes avoiding conflict a low-level form of self-sabotage.

I hate conflict, which may surprise many people who know me – not least because I can seem continually embattled. But that doesn't mean I like fighting. Just that I'm keen to make progress and often fly into conflict unawares.

This makes me clumsy and negligent. Yet it doesn't mean I should steer clear of tussling with others. It means I should deal with personally-competitive issues more effectively. Certainly, when ...

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