Disagree and Commit

Disagree and Commit

Bezos described it this way:
Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit. “Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. Once a decision is determined, they commit wholly.”

I’ve heard management teams describe particular members of their team as toxic to their culture. Toxic is a broad but barbed word. It describes those who disagree and don’t commit. An employee’s lack of commitment spreads to others, depletes morale and saps the sense of teamwork and common mission to achieve a singular purpose. This works against the interests of the leadership and the company, confounding progress.


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