When your boss is Wrong: Should you speak up or Shutup?


In every organization generally intelligent people are bound to comment, and intelligent superiors will want to hear all perspectives but in practice, politics come into play, and these things drive in opposite direction. So it is better to questioning a manager’s plan or pointing out a miss-calculation worth behind him. Try to speak in specific situation to alarm him, whenever needed.

Below are some ideas or tips (when, where and how to speak up):

If your manager is ready to listen every aspects either professional or personal then try to speaks up the things which is wrongly pointing you or you are not responsible for that, check the things whether or not identifying these things would bring potential benefits. If nothing will change even you speak up then there is no point complaining about the things that can’t be changed but in circumstances where action now can prevent consequences later, the momentary uneasiness of drawing attention to a possible mistake is often far preferable to the damage of letting it slide.

May be your boss’s thinking might be in-correct because he is missing some of the information that could away his view point and decision. If you have knowledge of such information either formally or technically gathered through the unofficial communication channels within your organization, it is better to share this information privately with your boss either immediate or later.

If you are not speaking up that means you are giving the boss the wrong impression because silence can cause harm when the boss interprets it as a signal of agreement. Sometimes if you are not speaking up the Boss considering that you have no intention of actually following his plan.

But If you decide to say something, lower the potential for embracement and  defensiveness by holding the conversation in private, remember that “you are wrong” it is difficult for any one to hear, so focus on the actual issue rather than on the satisfaction of being correct.

Some of the technical point of view while going to speak up:

  • Begin your work to help your boss understand that your intent is to provide a different viewpoint you feel will help achieve your mutual goal. It’s possible to have a healthy disagreement when you discuss the issue in a way that shows you are simply trying to discover the best solution.
  • Don’t lead with your judgments or conclusions. Start by describing in non-judgmental and objective terms the behaviors that are creating problems.
  • Sometimes we wait to bring up concerns until we’re irritated. This is ineffective because at that point our goal is no longer to be constructive, it’s to punish. Before opening your mouth, ask yourself, “What do I really want?”
  • If you agree with your boss’s overarching plan, say so. Build on it with the piece you think is missing, but avoid nitpicking over trivial details.
  • Encourage your boss to share his perspective. The result of your openness will be a greater openness on your boss’s part as well.

Finally, remember that while you may walk in 100% sure you are right, there is always the possibility that things aren’t as they seem.