The Fringe of Conflict

There’s a fringe where valuable creativity resides. It’s the same space where conflict also resides. It’s in this fringe where you’ll find high-performing teams.

Conflict is where teams who improve must exist.

On the healthy side of the fringe of conflict, teams make consistent and valuable progress. They wrestle with tough problems, talk about their viewpoints, and challenge each other’s thinking.

On the unhealthy side of this fringe, teams deceive each other with niceties, protect their own work, and choose comfort over conflict.

The fringe of conflict can be a tricky place, but there’s one simple solution that can help.


Vulnerability is the act of removing defenses, but it starts with leadership. Its impact is huge. It can create trusting environments on teams.

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