I’m sure you all have the perfect relationship with your boss… I’m talking open communication, honesty and feelings of equality.
Whether you work with an incredible leader or a reiteration of Satan, it’s important to know how to constructively say no.
According to James Richman’s Fast Company article, the best teams are built on productive disagreement.
That is, if you know how to argue respectfully.
As much as I’d love to advise abiding by this New Yorker cartoon (a closer alignment to my personality)…
… Richman says to focus more on building trust and less on sarcasm.
In addition to having an honest relationship with your employer, don’t sweat the small stuff. Picking your battles shows you haven’t lost sight of the big picture.
I don’t need to tell you to be respectful, but understand that respect also involves timing and research. Thoroughly understand the issue at hand to be a credible advisor for your employer rather than an obstacle.
Most importantly, put your pride aside. After you’ve done your best, thank your boss for listening and go decompress silently in the break room.
A differing opinion shows you can think. Don’t be afraid to show it!