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Why “Agreeing to Disagree” Can Be Bad for Your Career

By August 15, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
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You’ve heard the old phrase”well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree.”, right?

I used to say this myself quite a bit at work. It’s much like saying “I’ll be Switzerland.” While it may make everyone feel better in the moment, if you want to succeed in your career and achieve the type of wealth that allows you to be free from Corporate America, going along to get along is often the best way to being stuck in the middle with no upward mobility.

"I'll be Switzerland."

“I’ll be Switzerland.”

What I found over time, was saying this phrase and “being Switzerland”, which is common in Corporate America, was a way to avoid the necessary confrontation that must eventually occur for tough decisions to be made. Saying this is akin to kicking the can down the road.

Now, there may be a time and a place for this, so I’m not saying you should never say it. However, ultimately, if you want to be seen as someone that drives results, innovates and challenges the status quo, this cannot be one of your go to phrases or approaches.

When leading your peers, you must persuade, not evade!

When leading your peers, you must persuade, not evade!

In Corporate America, you will often find yourself in a situation where you’re leading an effort and you look around the room and realize you don’t have the formal authority to make the decision. You may be negotiating with peers of yours who you don’t have formal authority over. While you may be the boss, you’re not the boss of them. If in that moment, you take the easy way out and say “we’ll just have to agree to disagree”, you’ve found a common ground on a problem that doesn’t solve the problem.

All you’re doing in that instance is setting yourself up for another meeting or an escalation to your boss for them to solve it. That’s no way to show you can handle things on your own and negotiate effectively with your peers.

In instances like this it is important you lead. Don’t let your Team or peers take the easy way out. Use diplomacy and remain professional always. There’s no need to get emotional as then you’ve lost any leverage you may have had.

While our goal with the GRODT Lifestyle is to escape the clutches of Corporate America as quickly as possible, we must all recognize that it can be a useful tool to amassing the financial means to unlock the golden handcuffs. The fastest way to do this in your career is to demonstrate you can handle more responsibility and effectively make the right decisions to save your company time and money and grow revenue.

Agreeing to disagree, in almost all instances, flies in the face of you accomplishing the above stated goals and will generally show you to be a weak leader.

We want to help you become STRONG leaders in your career so you can generate the cash flow necessary to live the life and lifestyle you want to live – the GRODT Lifestyle.

What are your thoughts on this leadership approach? Is this a style you’ve seen before? Have you seen it be effective?

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