Thursday, September 30, 2010

Enjoying the Disagreement

I just spent a few hours with a couple of clients who have worked together for over a decade. They got along well as far as I could see. Then they shared a secret: they hardly ever agree on anything.

You'd think that would be the kiss of death in a relationship, but they've endured and capitalized on their different outlooks to achieve success.

How did they do it? For one thing, they continued to show respect to each other even though they didn't share the same opinions. And, they admitted, one of them (the boss) usually "won" the battles, and that was OK. It wasn't all about winning the fight, it was about bringing up ideas and settling on what was best for the business.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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