To Disagree and Commit
- “Disagree and commit” is a simple, but powerful, leadership trick.
- It goes deeper than the often-used “let’s agree to disagree.”
- Employing this trick can help eliminate toxic mindsets in the workplace and get teams to their goals.
During the Battle of the Pacific in World War II, General MacArthur would observe the briefings for major offensive campaigns. Once the briefings ended, he would make a few changes that he felt were the right changes, and would then work to get his entire staff to agree. This resulted in a simple leadership trick: disagree and commit. There were lives at stake, and they all needed to agree on the correct course of action.
Well, what’s old is new again. Jeff Bezos recently wrote about this same important leadership trick. He uses it in much the same way, but to make good business decisions, wanting everybody to commit.
You’ve surely heard the phrase “let’s agree to disagree,” but that’s a very surface-level arrangement and a way out, with no one committing to an agreed-upon path. Conversely, when you disagree and commit, you’re saying you’re going to gamble together, commit to a decision, and put all your efforts toward the same direction. You recognize that you don’t all agree, but you DO all commit to it.
This deeper arrangement can be used in a wide variety of settings because it gets rid of toxic mindsets, whether in the military, in business, or in your personal life and in family issues. Everyone understands and agrees that they’re working toward the same goal, taking the agreed-upon path.
So try taking “let’s agree to disagree” and transform it to “will you gamble on this with me and commit to it?” It’s an opportunity to build a great mindset and create a better chance at a successful outcome. Until next time, enjoy.
Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business Battlefield. Whether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.
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