Some say it’s foolish to disagree with your boss. It is no wonder that many agree to that as they fear that their jobs would be at stake.
We all don’t like others to disagree with us. However, I believe that most bosses and managers welcome different perspectives and ideas. They do not want a bunch of yes-men working for them but encourage their staff to voice out their opinions and concerns.
Disagreements may bring about better solutions and ideas. However, there is a need to disagree positively and respectfully. That would save your career from being damaged.
Have a clear understanding on the issue that you disagree with. Do not speak to your boss about it until you can put it into words.
Right place, right time
You won’t want to cause your boss to lose face by disagreeing with him in front of everyone. You will surely be ‘remembered’ for a really long time……
Speak to your boss privately where there are no interruptions.
Also, don’t go to him when you see him looking frustrated or just before he goes for a major meeting.
Keep emotions out of the equation
Learn to control your emotions when there is something that you violently object to, even if your boss is a tough nut to crack. Keep in mind that you are addressing the issue and not your boss.
Disagree, if you must. But you have got to provide alternative solutions. If you have nothing better to offer, you have to go along with what you have now.
Don’t be discouraged when your ideas are not accepted. At the end of the day, it’s your boss that makes the decision.