If you recently walked away from a business meeting with your key people thinking that everything was under control because there was no disagreement or conflict, you better think again.
The lack of conflict—productive conflict that is, may be a sign there’s a lack of trust in your organization. It could mean just the opposite of “everyone is getting along” and instead may mean team members are ignoring controversial topics that are critical to the team’s success.
Teams that are fully engaged and trust each other will often engage in lively debate aiming at extracting the best ideas from all team members. Thriving teams solve real problems by putting personal agendas aside and efficiently addressing critical issues without fear of political outcomes or offended team members.