Surfacing a disagreement vs. finding a quick fix

A common misconception about disagreements is that the biggest value lies in finding a quick fix.

However, disagreements often reveal deeper issues that speak to misaligned values or operating principles. Fixing these issues take multiple conversations, thought, and, in some cases, a willingness to “disagree and commit.” In such cases, rushing to find a quick fix and paper over the cracks can do more harm than good.

So, there’s more long term value in habitually surfacing disagreements over attempting to get to quick fixes.

One way to unlock that value is to celebrate occasions when disagreements are found and/or are clearly articulated instead of just celebrating when they are fixed.

Problems well stated are problems that are easily solved.