I used to have a boss who had a lot of opinions. I mean, A.L.O.T!
We didn’t know which ones to take seriously and which ones to ignore.
Don’t be like my boss. Divide your opinions into “Hard opinions” and “Soft opinions.” and teach your team the difference.
A soft opinion is your perspective for people to consider. That’s it. Here’s an example:
“Hey folks, here’s my opinion. We don’t have to run with it, but I’d love to hear how we feel about it. What do you guys think?”
A hard opinion is a directive that you’d like the team to follow. This is your position and firm point of view (hopefully after much deliberation). Here’s an example:
“Folks, this one’s non-negotiable, and here’s why….”
Soft opinions give your team permission to brainstorm, challenge your ideas and come up with their own. Hard opinions provide people with clarity and certainty.
Your “hard opinion” might sometimes be an unpopular opinion, but I promise you, it’s better not having one.