Tip on Conflict Avoidance. The Strength of Good Humor!

You’ve got to read this great post on our sister site WedWorkerDaily today, by Pete Johnson, Chief Architect at HP.com: Get Mad But Don’t Get Even – Turn an Insult Into a Favor . It’s funny and astute, offering a great example for how to turn a potentially uncomfortable confrontation into an opportunity — a skill every founder can use, in just about any situation! Hint: use humor. (We offer more resources on the value of humor in business at the end.)
Read Pete’s whole blogpost, but here is a highlight:

Pete & Ewan are on a company conference call. Ewan is a big fish, Pete runs a developer group:
…the topic turned to which organization should write a particular piece of functionality. Rather quickly, Ewan emphatically chimed in with, “Nobody from [Pete’s organization] knows how to write any code!” Then an awkward pause came followed by him timidly saying, “Uh, are any of those guys on the call?”

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