The Moon Landing was Faked and Other Management Problems

Last Updated Aug 4, 2009 3:39 PM EDT

In poll after poll, 6 percent of Americans believe that man's first landing on the moon was a product of special effects. Didn't happen, they say. There is no way we could send people to the moon and return them safely.

So on this 40th anniversary (July 19) of the first ALLEGED moon walk, tuck away this statistic. As a manager, a certain percentage of people who work for you are going to disbelieve or at least hold an alternative viewpoint to what you say, profess or teach.

Your objective isn't to convert them all, but rather to surface all opposing views so that they can be expressed, discussed and either adopted, adapted or discarded. It's healthy for everyone to have their say -- even if their message is that the moon is made of cheese.

Here's an excellent article from HBS Working Knowledge on the power of competing views: Encouraging Dissent in Decision-Making
How do you deal with people who differ with your thinking? Do they always have a platform from which to speak to power?

BTW, the moon landing was faked. Here's proof.

  • Sean Silverthorne

    Sean Silverthorne is the editor of HBS Working Knowledge, which provides a first look at the research and ideas of Harvard Business School faculty. Working Knowledge, which won a Webby award in 2007, currently records 4 million unique visitors a year. He has been with HBS since 2001.

    Silverthorne has 28 years experience in print and online journalism. Before arriving at HBS, he was a senior editor at CNET and executive editor of ZDNET News. While at At Ziff-Davis, Silverthorne also worked on the daily technology TV show The Site, and was a senior editor at PC Week Inside, which chronicled the business of the technology industry. He has held several reporting and editing roles on a variety of newspapers, and was Investor Business Daily's first journalist based in Silicon Valley.