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I Don’t Care If You Agree, We’re Going Forward

I Don’t Care If You Agree, We’re Going Forward

The New York Times is fond of headlines and teasers which say something like this: “Schools continue to engage in X curriculum, but not everyone agrees.” Or, “We have a record economy, but not everyone agrees.” 

The point is NOT that “everyone agrees.” There are people who don’t agree on vaccinating their own children, people who don’t agree that psychics are fake, people who don’t agree that we should allow religious freedom.

In our work in consulting, “agreeing” isn’t really the issue. Improvement is the issue. The first thing I tell a buyer before a project begins is: “There will be resistance, disagreement, and complaints. But my deal is that if you don’t believe what you hear about me, I won’t believe what I hear about you.”

Consensus is fine, uniformity is a frustrating myth. And sometimes, you just have to demand compliance. It shouldn’t be a headline in the Times that “not everyone agrees.”

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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