Allowing debate within your team is healthy so long as the mutual objective is to achieve the best decision possible for your business. While vigorous debate is beneficial, once a business decision is made it is so important that the whole team are unified in supporting the decision despite their own view.
It is common for business managers at all levels to debate, (or rather not speak up), then get back in the safety of their own teams’ environment and remonstrate at the business decisions that are being made. What impact does this have on their team? Well of course they are encouraging a culture within their team that ultimately becomes a barrier to the implementation of those good business decisions agreed in the first place.
Those managers who take part in the debate, get over it, move on and support the business decision irrespective of their own thinking, are the kind of managers you want in your business. They are demonstrating maturity in their leadership and they will ensure their people are on board……..the others will just cause you continued problems and are better off elsewhere!
If this is an issue in your business, talk to your manager about it, they may not even know they are exhibiting that behaviour. Coach them on it, set your expectation, encourage their opinion in the right forum but then ensure they outwardly show their support for any decisions that are ultimately made by your business.
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