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Getting people to embrace a different view is difficult, even when children’s lives are at stake. This is what Dr. Alice Stewart discovered when she undertook a 25-year battle to persuade the medical community to stop X-raying pregnant women. With this engaging story, seasoned entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan begins her valuable TED Talk about the necessity of conflict to force better solutions and drive change. getAbstract recommends Heffernan’s lecture to people in all fields and from every walk of life because “constructive conflict” leads to sounder solutions.

About the Speaker

Corporate speaker Margaret Heffernan is the former head of IPPA (now Pact), a film and television producer trade association. She is a former CEO of several e-commerce companies. She wrote Willful Blindness.



In the 1950s, Dr. Alice Stewart, an epidemiologist, studied the high incidents of childhood cancers. She found that a common denominator in most of the cases was that the mothers had undergone X-rays while pregnant. The study received a lot of attention, and Stewart rushed to corroborate her research before obstetrics practices changed and the cancers disappeared. However, her findings ran contrary to the beliefs of the medical community at the time, and doctors continued to X-ray expectant mothers for another 25 years. These professionals remained

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    R. P. 8 months ago
    This leads to have different Perspective which may lead to find pathbreaking solutions
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    K. K. 8 months ago
    Dare to disagree for benefit of society.
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    H. M. 8 months ago
    Constructive conflict leads to out of box thinking and results outcome of ,great ideas
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    A. A. 8 months ago
    “Embrace Constrective Conflict” ......tough idea...great idea
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    D. S. 8 months ago
    Very good
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    H. K. 8 months ago
    Great learning
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    A. N. 8 months ago
    We must Learn the skills that enable us to question ,speak out and this will help in getting best results.
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    M. T. 8 months ago
    Great Learning...Embrace constructive conflict as a away of thinking.....
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    N. C. 8 months ago
    Very Encouraging quotes
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    R. B. 8 months ago
    Good Learning.. Dare to disagree is risky but it is constructive. We must give right environment so that team members can air their conflicting views, which can be helpful for teams health in long run.
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    S. B. 8 months ago
    Yes, Dare to disagree ?? <br> <br>We must provide open environment where everyone can raise their concern or disagreement as it helps in better decision making and guides us to simplification of process as well. <br> <br>Reminds me of a real life example where this not helped only me but others as well.
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    A. U. 8 months ago
    Constructive conflict lead to think out of box .
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    K. A. 8 months ago
    My disagreement 12 Yr back as Medical Rep on some Incentive Criteria helped most of my peer colleagues to earn maximum incentive, In beginning everyone was having apprehension to speak on qualifying criteria but small change suggested helped a lot to achieve Organization's Goal as well individual.
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    A. N. 5 years ago
    just one dis agreement by apj abdul kalam with his teacher in early school days paves the way to become one of the most prominent and isnpirational nuclear scientis of india.