February 2: Decision-making with disagreement

"If a disagreement occurs between a more senior employee and a subordinate, it may be best for the more senior person to disagree and commit..."

Source: Invent and Wander (page 228)
Published: November 2020

Decision-making with disagreement

A disagreement between two junior employees shouldn’t be about who can argue longer. Escalating the controversial decision to a senior employee should happen quickly so it doesn’t leave the team demoralized and exhausted. 

If a disagreement occurs between a more senior employee and a subordinate, it may be best for the more senior person to disagree and commit… and say, “you know what? I really disagree with this, but you have more ground truth than I do. We’re going to do it your way. And I promise I will never tell you I told you so.”

-Jeff Bezos

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