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Encourage dissent

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 November 2019

 



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Encourage dissent
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 233
Posted DateMonday 25 November 2019 14:29 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
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FUD – fear uncertainty and doubt. No, not the marketing sort of FUD but the kind of stuff in your head whenever change takes place.

It is OK to fear and question things. Having doubts and reservations is OK. It is a natural part of the thinking, reflection and commitment process.

Every new endeavor starts this way. If it doesn't then, the chances are that something is wrong.

The last thing we should do is to stifle these thoughts. It is essential they are expressed openly. They should be actively solicited.

Coercing people to agree or to commit is one of the many destructive things we do to each other.

Expressing our true feelings is the start of a conversation that leads to ownership and responsibility, accountability and commitment.

Dissent should be encouraged. Dissent is healthy. Don't try to suppress it. “No” is an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation.



If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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