Why Is It a Problem If Everyone Always Agrees With You

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Unhealthy communication patterns within the work setting are so pervasive that this is frequently one of the core issues affecting teams to which I consult.

What may appear to be a conflict-free environment may actually be riddled with a top-down management approach that has left everyone too afraid to say what they are really thinking.

In this post, we will delve deeper into why it is a problem if everyone always agrees with you.

Some people think that this an ideal situation. However, when everyone agrees with everything you’re saying, it’s a sign that the real conversations that need to take place aren’t happening.

Why is this such a problem?

If no one ever disagrees with you, it means that people don’t feel comfortable sharing their perspective with you. If there are people who never share their point of view with you, it means they are not being heard.

The chances that everyone in the world thinks exactly like you do about everything… they’re just too small.

Let’s face it. If you want to run a business that produces excellent products and/or excellent service, you need to have people who will challenge your thinking. No one person can have all of the answers. Maximum creativity emerges in an open environment, where people can brainstorm freely and share any relevant opinion that pops into their head.

If nobody ever challenges you on your thinking, it will be difficult to get to a phase where a project has been considered from all angles. Openly considering input from various different perspectives will lead you to much more successful project outcomes than if only a single perspective is considered.

If you find that everyone is always agreeing with, you might want to stop and ask yourself why.

Take a look at the culture within your work setting. Ask yourself if people feel safe to say what they need to say.

I can guarantee you that when people don’t feel safe to say what they need to at work, they are not happy in their jobs. As a result, they will share their complaints everywhere except with you. Eventually, they will either become disengaged, will burn out, or will leave your organization. They will then complain to other people and tarnish your reputation.

Creating a culture where people feel safe challenging your thinking needs to become a serious priority. It will lead to higher employee engagement, lower turnout and burnout rates.

You can learn more about how to unlock the secrets of stress-free communication at work by subscribing to my YouTube channel.

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Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech-Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two neurodivergent children, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two children with pervasive mental health challenges, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

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