Workplace Wisdom

04 Nov 2014

4 Practically Proven Ways to Disagree Productively

Disagreements and conflicts occur in every organization, no matter how high-functioning the team, how clear the mission, or how lovely the people. As we’ve seen in the last two posts, conflict-averse executives who don’t share their true opinions out of fear of near-term discomfort often end up coping with bigger problems in the long term. It’s much more practical to learn to disagree productively. Skillful disagreement takes both thought and practice. Here are four different tactics for removing some of […]

23 Apr 2014

Avoiding the Downside of Sharing in the Workplace

It’s not easy to share responsibility. Successful examples of responsibility being shared within organizations certainly exist — from official job-sharing to collective accountability for corporate goals and outcomes. But getting a given job or project done well depends on having both appropriate structural underpinnings and the right combination of people, with the right meshing of values, commitments, personal strengths, and styles. What Happens When We Share? In day-to-day life, there are two primary kinds of sharing. In the first case, […]

 

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