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PMO Conference 2021 \\ Conflicted – The Power of Productive Disagreements – Ian Leslie

In our closing keynote from the PMO Conference in 2021, we welcome Ian Leslie,  author of acclaimed books on human behaviour, described by Malcolm Gladwell as “one of my favourite writers”. Ian’s latest book, Conflicted, is about the power of productive disagreement.

Working within a PMO, supporting portfolios, programmes and projects, our work thrives on interactions with peers, managers, senior executives, customers and a wide range of stakeholders. None of us will be unfamiliar with conflict in our daily working lives, projects by their very nature are all about solving problems, working at a fast pace, dealing with dependencies, agendas and internal politics – all hotbed areas for disagreements.

In this session, Ian finished our day with a thought-provoking, different perspective on disagreements in the workplace – and how we can all benefit from productive conflict.

The book itself features fascinating stories from the Beatles, the Wright Brothers, Ku Klux Klan, Socrates and hostage negotiators – quite the mix!

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