Things go a lot smoother when everyone agrees with you. If you’re a manager, you probably want fewer employees who question everything you say. However, it’s the people who disagree who can help keep you on your toes.
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As business blog Entrepreneur points out, most of us find it easier to surround ourselves with people who think the same way we do. While that’s comforting, the fewer people that disagree with you, the less likely your way of thinking is to be challenged:
Constructive feedback is essential and a necessary part of innovation. The ability to run ideas by a team of objective thinkers is truly invaluable and giving your team the freedom to think independently of you can lead to tremendously valuable ideas…
It’s easy to develop tunnel vision, believing that our ideas are the best way to do things. But by seeking out opinions that may be different from ours, we bring in a fresh perspective — the best way to get an honest and unbiased assessment of the situation.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with collaborating with like-minded people, and it can certainly help grease the wheels when you need to get work done. However, being comfortable with people who disagree and keeping them around can keep you on your toes.