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Animal Instincts

Discovering your company's combat style can lead to more productive conflicts.

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This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Fights are bad, right?

Not necessarily. According to Lynne Eisaguirre, author of The Power of a Good Fight (Alpha Books), fights can improve relationships and help you find innovative solutions to problems. For a good fight, you should understand the five different fighting styles within your company. Says Eisaguirre, "In conflict, step back from the situation and think 'What are the [reflexive] styles here? And which styles could be most useful?'"

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