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Aug 17, 2023Liked by Ben Williams

Too often the "commit" part is used to short-circuit or skip the "disagree" part. Both parts are super-important. "Disagree and commit" should be interpreted to mean that thorough/full airing of disagreements is *required* before a commitment can be made. The perception is that disagreement is "bad" and therefore should be avoided. Therefore, people don't speak their minds because they don't want to ruffle feathers. But not airing disagreements, especially before decisions are made, leads to secret disagreement, grudges, undermining, passive aggressive inaction, and other dysfunctional behaviors that are poison for company culture.

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Jul 3, 2023Liked by Ben Williams

Do you think that part of this is that you stop the debate too early and therefore leave some feeling unheard. I think in theory disagree and commit can work but if you make it a caricature of the process you’re going to get a suboptimal result

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