Constructive Conflict

Every employee has different priorities. How can we all work toward innovation?

At Innovatrium, everything we do is informed by the Competing Values Framework (CVF) — a visual “roadmap” for understanding what motivates people, how they work best, and how opposing values create tension. When leveraged in effective ways, this tension creates constructive conflict, which can lead to new, hybrid ideas.

The beauty of CVF is that it acts as both a diagnostic and a visioning tool. By identifying the culture you have, as well as the one you want to have, it can help you identify the people, practices, and purposes you need to realize your goals.

The Competing Values Framework can help you build teams that are optimized for any goal. 

Based on more than 25 years of research, CVF organizes individuals into one of four quadrants based on strengths, values, and tendencies. We often refer to each quadrant by its assigned color:

Collaborate (Yellow)The Competing Values Framework
Collaborators are group-oriented people. Often in community-building or human relations functions, these individuals champion values, communication, learning, and long-term development.

Create (Green)
Creators are driven by innovation and growth. They seek to create new things and aren’t afraid to question the status quo. Always looking to the future, they are flexible, adaptable, and thrive in the face of uncertainty.

Control (Red)
People in the Control quadrant are process-oriented, careful, and practical. Concerned with quality, efficiency, and predictability, their culture focuses and planning and enforcing compliance.

Compete (Blue)
Those who fit the Compete profile are focused on performance and goals. They work in a results-oriented culture and love a good challenge, which motivates them toward speedy, profitable outcomes.

Take an in-depth look at our Competing Values Framework PDF.