Discuss Your Intent Before Content When Disagreeing with Your Boss

Author

Thorin Klosowski

March 29, 2015

Disagreeing with you boss is difficult territory to wander through. To keep things civil, Harvard Business Review suggests you frame your intent as a mutual goal before you get into the details.

The idea’s that instead of putting your boss on the defensive right away with your new idea, you talk about your mutual goal and interests first:

When the boss gets defensive, it’s for one of two reasons. The first is because she believes your dissent is a threat to her goals. Defenses are far less often provoked by actual content than they are by perceived intent. You can be far more candid about your view if you frame it in the context of a mutual purpose that the boss already cares about. If you fail to do this, the boss may believe your disagreement signals a lack of commitment to her interests.

This way, they’re more open to your idea instead of being immediately on the defensive and hopefully you can discuss your dissent with a little more open mindedness.

How to Disagree with Your Boss | Harvard Business Review

 

This article was written by Thorin Klosowski from Lifehacker and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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