What is more important, dissent or consensus?

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New answer on Sep 08, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 24, 2020

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replied on Jan 27, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

It’s a thin ice to walk on.

  • On the one hand, if you answer “dissent” you risk of coming off as stubborn and arrogant, the person who is pushing her opinion no matter what.
  • On the other hand, if you answer “consensus” you risk of coming off as a softy, the person who agrees to everything, so that people don’t get upset.

So, if asked that question in an interview I would go with a typical consulting answer of “it depends” :)

  • If you disagree with smbd and think that if your opinion is not taken into account, then the client interests are not served the best or your values are compromised, then “dissent”.
  • But if you disagree with smbd and your idea is just as good as anybody else’s at the table and it’s important to bring all the stakeholders on board to move things forward, then “consensus”.

I hope this helps!


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Anonymous B replied on Sep 08, 2021

Trying to reach consensus is not always practical, as many new ideas come up from discontent. 

Dissent brings better opportunity for brainstorming.

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replied on Jan 10, 2021

Disagree and commit

  • Say your say and make your point - don't be afraid to challenge norms and practices if there is good reason, but you can't always have your way and you will not always be right. That's how you learn.
  • If no-one is going to convince the other make a decision through majority or seniority and everyone commits to the course of action
  • Don't see it as opportunity for I told you so's but learning opportunity
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replied on Sep 30, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


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