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Healthy Disagreement: The Secret to Growing Your Business

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Strategies for disagreeing in a more harmonious way.

“If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the secret of getting along — whether it be business, family relations, or life itself.” — Bernard Meltzer

Why we should speak up at work

“If you think you’re ‘taking one for the team’ by not rocking the boat, you’re deluding yourself.”

Am I open to new ideas?

Can I express genuine curiosity about what they have to say?

Can I actively listen to their perspective?

Disagreeing gives you opportunities to grow

Four strategies for disagreeing

1. Avoid complaining

2. Think impact

3. Connect your disagreement to a “higher purpose”

4. Stay open

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong quest of the wise.”


Aytekin Tank
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Aytekin Tank is the Founder and CEO of JotForm. A developer by trade but a storyteller by heart, he writes about his journey as an entrepreneur and shares advice for other startups. He loves to hear from JotForm users.

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