Navigating the professional landscape can be challenging due to various factors such a diverse range of personalities, communication styles, power dynamics, and cultural differences. For those with a cancer diagnosis, this can be particularly daunting; having to also navigate the physical and emotional impact of a diagnosis, potential workplace accommodations, and potential biases or misconceptions about their abilities and limitations. Whether you are looking for work or currently working, being prepared to manage disagreements and uncomfortable conversations related to or at work is important to help pave the way for success at work.
Disagreements are a natural part of professional environments and can be essential to express ourselves and contribute effectively to the workplace. In a recent Fast Company article, titled “Mastering the art of disagreeing in the moment,” author Yonason Goldson talks about just this. They emphasize the value of expressing dissenting opinions respectfully and constructively, rather than staying silent or engaging in unproductive arguments, and provides practical tips and strategies for mastering the art of disagreeing, such as active listening, asking clarifying questions, and finding common ground.
Constructive disagreement fosters innovation, enhances decision-making, and promotes inclusivity in the workplace. By embracing differing viewpoints and engaging in respectful dialogue, we contribute our unique perspectives to drive positive change. At Cancer and Careers, we have a number of articles, events and resources on communicating effectively at work.
- Upcoming Webinars: Communicating Effectively Part 1 (September 13th) and Part 2 (October 4th)
- Article: “The Swivel” in Interviews
- Article: Recasting Yourself After Cancer
- Article: Addressing Comments at Work: From the Well-Intended to Outright Insensitive
- Publication: Communicating Effectively (in English and Spanish)