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Argue from a position of strength

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If you disagree with a colleague, pick the best time and place to speak up. First decide what’s to gain by disagreeing— and what’s at stake. If you’re driven by negative feelings (such as jealousy or animosity) rather than a positive desire to clarify misunderstandings, hold back. Set a friendly, nonthreatening tone for the encounter and begin with questions to confirm the other person’s views.

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