Processing an Organisational Decision You Disagree With

You won’t agree with every organisational decision senior leadership makes. But you can make peace with a strategic direction you disagree with. Start by asking yourself a few questions.

What specific situation do I disagree with? Define ex- actly where the misalignment is happening – and why. How will setting aside my disagreement benefit me? This encourages you to think about the silver lining, and any upsides of going along with an unpopular plan. For example, you might think, “I get to keep the job I love, despite the organisational shake-up”. How will setting aside my disagreement benefit my team? Once you identify your silver lining, it can be easier to see how others may be positively impacted. What information might the decision-maker(s) have that I don’t?

Extend some empathy and grace to your leaders. Perhaps there are factors at play that you’re not privy to. Considering these factors may quell your frustration.

By accepting this decision, what specific actions am I committing to take? You’re now ready to chart a new course of action. By addressing your emotions first, redirecting them to a place of positivity and thinking beyond your own perspective, you can act with intention.

* This tip is adapted from ‘How to Make Peace with a Company Decision You Don’t Like’ by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn.

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