How to Disagree with Your Boss

How to Disagree with Your Boss


You see it differently. You’re concerned about a missed opportunity or a strategic mistake. Stay silent and you miss a chance to build your credibility and reputation. But disagree without tact or grace and you can permanently damage your career. In this episode, you’ll get the tools you need to disagree with your boss in a way that gets results and builds your relationship.

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David Dye

David Dye helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning authors of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells - building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. How do I approach the boss following this scenario: The boss asked me to do something that I thought was the wrong thing to do. After a short discussion, I told the boss I understood where they were coming from and performed the task . The client was extremely unhappy about the outcome and the consequences of this action. The client called the boss who said the action was my idea and I didn’t check with others before completing the task. I was fired from the project.
    Now I am delegated to boring support tasks and the boss refuses to discuss the situation.

    • Lilly, that is a tough situation and I’m sorry to hear it. What you describe goes beyond a work-place disagreement with your boss. If you‘ve used the techniques in this episode and you aren’t able to have a discussion about what happened, a conversation with your human resource representative is in order.

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