046: How to Deal With Decisions When You Disagree With Your Boss

How do you handle getting directions passed down from your boss that you don’t necessarily agree with? And how do you communicate these decisions to your team?

There may be cases where these directions are coming from high up in the organization, and there’s not much you can do about it.

But you need to know that sometimes it’s okay to push back, especially if you understand the environment you’re operating in and assume positive intent on what the company is trying to accomplish.

Situations like these can get tricky to solve since much is determined by context, but you can do a few things to make these processes run as smoothly as possible.

In this week’s episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, seasoned leaders Cherie Tofthagen, Brian Reardon, and Mike Sabol join me to discuss the best strategies to adopt in these scenarios. We’ll talk about why transparency and communication are crucial, how to give ownership to your team, and the importance of mentorship and building advocates.

Key Takeaways 

– Episode intro (00:00)

– Why you need to develop a global mindset (02:38)

– How to get your team involved (04:54)

– It’s okay to push back (06:45)

– Why transparency is vital (12:34)

– The importance of employee engagement (18:51)

– Why you need a strong communication plan (22:04)

– Episode recap (24:37)

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About the author, James

When James is not busy leading commercial training teams in the biopharmaceutical industry, you can find him behind the scenes orchestrating all that happens for his brainchild - The Leadership Jam Session Podcast. As our VP and Executive Producer, James' background of more than 20 years in Marketing, Sales, and Training, combined with a passion for business and leadership education, have all inspired the very direction we take with delivering our content. James holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.