A leader I know says to his team members, “If you agree with everything I say, I don’t need you.” Yes. The sharpest organizations talk passionately about their work, disagree regularly with their leaders and each other, argue intensely about possibilities, and then make great decisions knowing they’ve considered all angles. All the while, when it works well, those conversations stay focussed on ideas, not on each other.
Does your work culture encourage disagreement? Do you mine for contrasting opinions when making decisions and plans? What will you do this week to demand critical conversations in order to sharpen your leadership and your organization's processes?