“I was afraid to disagree”
At a community board meeting, the president asked, “How's morale around here?” The first person to respond said, “On a scale of one to ten, I'd say it was an eight.” After that, everyone said either seven or eight.
When my turn came, I really wanted to tell the truth and say, “Around three or four,” but I was afraid to disagree. After the meeting, several other members told me they also felt the morale was bad but were reluctant to speak up.
• Can you imagine something like this happening on your team?
• What would be the likely outcome?
• What is the long-term impact of this type of climate?
• What can be done to change the climate on this team?
“Just as war is freedom’s cost, disagreement is freedom’s ...