How to Disagree With Your Boss

Adriana Girdler

Want to disagree with your boss and stay on their good side? Here’s how to do it Have you ever had your boss excitedly present …

Want to disagree with your boss and stay on their good side? Here’s how to do it

Have you ever had your boss excitedly present a GREAT idea to you… but you don’t think the idea is all that great? For the sake of your organization, it’s always important to share WHY you don’t think a given idea will work and what alternative ideas you have. But how do you disagree when it’s your BOSS you’re up against?

It’s actually quite easy, and it’s only intimidating if you choose to view it in such a way. Throughout my 20+ years in business, I’ve disagreed with bosses and clients alike. Knowing how to disagree in ways that don’t hinder your career or the success of the organization is key to staying respectful and productive. Today, I’m going to tell you just how it’s done.

I’ll answer your questions about:

  • How you must prepare BEFORE you present your disagreement
  • WHEN is a good time to disagree with your boss?
  • The question you need to ASK your boss before you disagree
  • What to do if your boss DOESN’T like your idea

There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with your boss. In fact, presenting a different opinion can be both productive and beneficial to the company. Things would be disastrous in business if everyone simply went with the first idea presented and never questioned the decisions being made. All you have to do is learn the right way to disagree, so that you WOW your boss and add value to the organization you work for.

So, what are we still here for? Let’s chat over on YouTube so that you can tell your boss what you really think, before it’s too late!


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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