This tweet spoke to me:
That’s why “disagree and commit” is such a beautiful thing. We don’t need to see eye to eye to move forward. Once it’s clear that finding consensus is a losing battle, someone needs to make a call and get everyone to commit.
Of course, there are two obvious risks:
- The people who “commit” aren’t really bought in, so they won’t do a good job selling it to their own people. Leaders need to believe in the why in order to convince everyone else to care.
- The more this happens, the more the person who can make the final call starts to feel like a dictator. Or the opposite: the person who should make the call doesn’t want to be the dictator, so the argument drags on longer than it should.
I don’t have the answers. I struggle with those on a weekly basis. Disagree and commit is lovely, but hard to get right.