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Healthy debate, even argument, can shine a light on holes in a critical theory, it can stop a disaster from occurring, and it can lead you to discover radical new solutions. This is something legendary investor Ray Dalio knows. But there’s a difference between constructive and destructive conflict – and Dalio is a master at spotting the difference. In constructive conflict, a team has a shared goal, whether or not they have differing opinions. And this is the key to success. Cameo appearances: Steve Horgan (USA Field Hockey Director of Umpiring), Daniel Amen (psychiatrist, founder Amen Clinics).

“I believe disagreement is the wellspring of great ideas and great companies – but only if you harness the conflict constructively.”

— Ray Dalio
About the guest:

Raymond Dalio is is the founder, co-chair, and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates. He’s also the author of New York Times best seller Principles, A Template For Understanding Big Debt Crises, and Why and How Capitalism Needs to be Reformed. He is also a part of The Giving Pledge and is committed to philanthropy through The Dalio Foundation.

About the host:

Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Dr. Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist who runs a national mental health clinic that focuses on neuroscience and brain health in order to treat…

Steve Horgan is a legendary field hockey umpire who has reffed games in the NCAA, the World Cup and the Olympics.

Disagreement is the wellspring of great ideas and great companies – but only if you harness that conflict constructively.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: How to embrace conflict
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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