How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Discussing the issue in private will make the powerful person feel less threatened.

Here’s how to disagree with someone more powerful than you.

Ask permission to disagreeThis step may sound overly deferential, but, according to Grenny, it’s a smart way to give the powerful person “psychological safety” and control.

Case Study #2: Make it about the company, not youMike McRitchie, owner of the consultancy Critical Path Action, has had reason to disagree with people more powerful than he on several occasions.

“If you think other people are going to disagree too, you might want to gather your army first.

What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do?

Identify a shared goalBefore you share your thoughts, think about what the powerful person cares about — it may be “the credibility of their team or getting a project done on time,” says Grenny.

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