Disagreeing With Your Boss - Part 2
- Can I disagree with my boss?
- What should I say when I disagree with my boss?
- Can I share my disagreements with my team?
This cast concludes our conversation on when it's okay to disagree with your boss, and how to do it.
And we cover the answers to the following scenarios...
a) Your boss has just come from a meeting and wants to discuss ways to implement his boss's decision. HIS boss thinks it should be done "x" way, HE wants to do it "Y". You think X is better. Would you tell him? Or agree with him? Or be politically correct and offer no opinion?
b) Your boss wants you to change a process. You think it's fine as is. Would you make your case? Isn't it just easier to agree? Or would you agree and then act slowly?
c) Your boss is on a committee who is implementing a process change, and they have reworked it start to finish. Now you have to change what your team does, and it's going to be hard work, some of which you don't agree with. What do you tell your team?
Most newer professionals would probably answer the same to each of these scenarios, based on their own personalities and temperaments. But there are general guidelines we need to know if we're going to be effective and avoid looking either naive or unprofessional.