5. Keeping Conflict Constructive

“Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power. That is not easy.”


In the 1950s, comedian Sid Caesar starred in one of the most popular programs on television—Your Show of Shows. The program’s success may be credited to the remarkable team of comedy writers that collaborated to write each week’s script. Many of the team members became comedic legends in their own right—Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, and Carl Reiner, to name just a few. They spent day and night together in the “Writers’ Room”—a place where the ideas ...

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