Dare to Disagree

Dare to Disagree

After a discussion with a colleague yesterday on the topic of politics and the power of disagreement and free voices he referred me to a great recent TED talk from Margaret Heffernan called Dare to Disagree (below).  This is exactly the sentiment I was trying to convey in my post yesterday on Walking the Fence. Disagreement is a powerful tool for progress in your organization.  As a leader you need to be constantly conscious of whether you are encouraging healthy discourse and dissenting opinions or whether you are stifling the voices that might help you avoid a catastrophe (a la the Challenger disaster). Margaret's talk is below: ...
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Walking the Fence

Walking the Fence

When I was working for myself and leading a small company things were much easier.  The 60 hour work-weeks, lack of vacation time, and total consumption in the work and building of the company were hard, but in a small company in a leadership position you never had to worry about what you said or did because your job was to drive hard and fast, make hard decisions, and move forward. In general the people who join small companies are similar minded - they get that driving hard means sometimes working with ambiguous information, making hard decisions quickly, and being up front with communication.  Feedback from fellow employees and the market wasn't always easy to hear, but it was at least direct and actionable. When you move into many bigger organizations you find something new pops up that you need to manage that has nothing to do with profit and loss, market share, or growing your business, but has everything to do...
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