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

Author and international keynote speaker David Dye gives leaders the roadmap they need to transform results without losing their soul (or mind) in the process. He gets it because he’s been there: a former executive and elected official, David has over two decades of experience leading teams and building organizations. He is President of Let's Grow Leaders and the award-winning author of several books: Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates (Harper Collins Summer 2020), Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul, Overcoming an Imperfect Boss, and Glowstone Peak. - a book for readers of all ages about courage, influence, and hope.


  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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