March 8, 2010
Staff Picks: The Right Fight
At the heart of our argument is the counterintuitive, hard-to-swallow insight that a certain amount of healthy struggle is good for organizations and for individuals. ...As the Gift of Gab once said, "The struggle is the blessing."
The concept of creative tension is not new. It's in the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad-Gita. It's been written about in the lives of artists, musicians, and scientists who have created breakthroughs that have changed the world. The U.S. Constitution depends on it, and we call on it as a motivating force every time we go out to vote. All successful treaties between nations—not to mention all successful relationships between people—work because it is not only possible but empowering to release in creative ways the energy inherent in tension.
It follows then that a key aspect of a leader's job is to create the right battles and to make sure they are fought right. Right fights unleash the creative, productive potential of teams, organizations, and communities. Right fights make for better possibilities. Right fights lead to better results.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.