How often do we think (or say) that phrase? Fairly often, there are decisions made in my organization that I disagree with. Some decisions are just “different”…and some decisions are just “wrong”.
Or are they?
Organizational decisions are not made using a mathematical formula. There are very few right and wrong answers. At best, we might be able to agree on “better” and “not better”….but seldom can we show a decision to be universally wrong.
Whenever I believe that a wrong decision has been made, I use the following criteria to decide if I need to voice my opinion out loud:
- Have I been given any authority or responsibility for the decision that I disagree with?
- Does that decision violate our corporate values or goals?
- What is my level of influence in the area affected by this decision? Have I been asked for my opinion?
- Are the negative consequences significant enough to justify “rocking the boat” by speaking up?
Most of the time, the answer is “no” to one or more of the filters.
The next time you want to speak up about a bad decision, consider asking yourself if any of these apply. Most of the time our best course of action is to move on to the next issue and let this one go…
Thanks for listening.