One of the words you frequently hear from politicians is “consensus.” They talk a lot about seeking consensus, and getting everyone to come to the middle and agree (although they doesn’t actually do it much). Politics are politics. But when it comes to our lives and work, I’m not a big fan of consensus.
The truth is, most great ideas were rejected and criticized. The best thinkers know they have to take risks, and push against public opinion. In most cases, “consensus” means watered down, mushy, and ineffective.
I love to work in teams, and it’s great when we’re all on the same page, but don’t be in bondage to consensus. Fight the fights that need to be fought, not just the fights everyone else agrees should be fought. Tackle the tough problems, and come up with innovative solutions and answers – even when other disagree.