How to Disagree

Agreeing with others in the workplace can be a lot easier than disagreeing with them.

Often times, young professionals won’t disagree with their coworkers or boss because they feel they aren’t qualified to have a say or don’t want to cause any conflict. However, you shouldn’t feel like you have to stay quite or agree with everything that’s said or done, as long as you do it tactfully.

For instance, when someone offers an idea in a brainstorming session that you don’t agree with, don’t jump in and tell them their idea is bad or won’t work. Instead, offer your opinion in a way that’s collaborative, rather than confrontational.

Instead of saying, ‘Where did you come up with that idea?! It doesn’t fit with our strategy at all,’ ofter a response like, ‘That’s a good idea, but I’m not sure it’s inline with our current strategy for this project.’

Similarly, if you’re asked to provide feedback on someone’s presentation, don’t default to saying everything went perfect. Lead with some compliments, but also give them constructive notes to show them you were paying attention and want to help them be successful.

Even though disagreeing with someone at work can be hard, if you do it tactfully, you’ll start gaining the respect of your peers that you’ll never get from always agreeing.

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One thought on “How to Disagree

  1. How and when did you become so beyond your years in experienced advice? You amaze me with your insight and advice after only having been in the professional workforce a year and a half. Way to go. This article like all your others is right on the money. And Yes, I disagree tactfully all the time, but saying that, I always remember that I personally learn more from those that disagree with me rather than those that agree with me. In other words, by tactfully disagreeing you are providing constructive advice/criticism that will actually help improve the message/information.

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