3 Unhelpful Stances to Disagreement

I’m sure you’ll agree, disagreement happens.

Often it can become a strengthening agent in a work relationship or on a team.

Sometimes, disagreement can lead to toxicity at work. Here are three unproductive stances when dealing with disagreement:

  1. Resist: exhibited by behaviors such as intimidation, shame, and sabotage.
  2. Undermine: acts that decrease the credibility or reputation such as personal attacks, passive aggressiveness, or sarcasm.
  3. Avoid: efforts to ignore, deny, or refuse to listen.

These stances lead to win/lose and lose/lose scenarios. The solution?

Two words provide a better path: talk and appreciate.

Instead of allowing disagreement to fester or to be discounted, talking and appreciating forge better understandings.

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