You must demonstrate passion in your career. After all, the instincts and experience that make your opinions unique have value. Plus, balancing your thoughts with the ideas of your passionate colleagues empowers the team to find the best solutions for the challenges and opportunities they face every day. Sometimes, though, amid all that passion workplace disagreements arise.
Sure, those situations lead to some discomfort. But a productive argument can result in a better outcome for everyone.
How to Have Productive Workplace Disagreements
Healthy debate has proven to be an excellent way to develop ideas since at least the time of Plato and Socrates. But it has to be done right, because when those passions lead to raised voices and blaming. Often, progress grinds to a halt.
Many of us, though, don’t know how to make a virtue of differing opinions. In fact, productive arguing is a professional skill unlike any other. So use this infographic from Resume.io to pick up some pointers. For instance, use a reasonable voice and body language to ensure your message is heard and considered by the rest of the team. Also, try using statistics and visuals to give your ideas weight.
Just as important is knowing how to listen. Use open questions to learn more about the way the other person sees things. Remember that you’re not here to ‘win,’ but to get the best outcome for the workplace. You may not believe it now, but the other person’s way of seeing things might be the best way forward.
You’ll be surprised what a positive experience a few good workplace disagreements can be.