Learning to embrace conflict as a part of startup culture

Most of my time as a VP Engineering is to deal with conflicts, guiding my team on how to leverage them rather than avoiding them. Framing it into “a search for the truth” is powerful as it focuses on the data you seek to find to validate an assumption. Any manager in the organization has to be equipped with tools that will leverage conflicts. Founders should explicitly talk about it, so people will know that (effective) debates are desired: “The best ideas can come from anywhere in the organization, from the CEO to the most junior team members, and everyone should be speaking truth to power at a startup” – This post by Eric Paley is a very good start.

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