What do you think about conflict? Most people instinctively try to avoid conflict, and tend to think of the term conflict in a negative way. When you discuss conflict in the business world, it is often spoken of as a diminishing force of productivity. The fear of conflict; the fear of repercussion if you speak up can all play a role in staying silent. However, as Margaret Heffernan showed us in her TEDtalk, good disagreement is central to progress.