Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Tom Firehill


3 ways how to show your boss you disagree

Not everyone’s boss is as intimidating as this fellow with the cigar, however, it’s common practice to shy away from disagreeing with your manager. You might think that doing so will make your boss think of you in a negative light or trigger a defensive reaction. The fact is most managers report to their bosses that they don’t hear enough alternative points of view from their staff. To disagree in a constructive manner, try out these three options:

1) Provide suggestions that your boss can act on, not just objections. Instead of pointing out that a system is faulty, try and say, “How about we contact others in the industry who have used this system to see if they’re having similar problems?

2) Offer a range of options. Binary choices (“Your way or my way”) are weak and are likely to meet resistance. Suggesting a few possibilities signals your flexibility and invites your boss to respond in kind.

3) Avoid “hot button” language. For example, if your boss always recoils when someone describes an approach as “the next big thing” or a “best thing to do”, find another way to express yourself that won’t receive an immediate negative reaction from them.


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