January 4, 2017

Give an opinion

Next time you’re working with your peers and trying in vain to come to a decision together as a group, here’s a suggestion:

Give your opinion. Make a decision for everyone. Then step back.

In working as a manager, I’ve often encountered the opinion vacuum, a place where everyone has an opinion but they may find it difficult to commit to it among the group.

To fill this opinion vacuum, give your opinion and watch as the right decision becomes more clear. Whether right or wrong, your opinion acts as a compass for others to follow:

“That a terrible idea! We should actually do [x].”

“Eh, I disagree. Maybe [x] instead.”

“Great idea! I totally agree!”

In the end, it’s not really about your opinion, but about helping others realize theirs.

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