"Disagree and commit"

Bill Cobb, former President of eBay North America

After a long internal debate on a controversial issue, Bill would make sure we all had the chance to share our point of view with the rest of the team. But once a final decision had been made, that was it…no second-guessing or Monday morning quarterbacking. The best business teams I’ve been on follow this mantra faithfully -- and the worst ones violate it on a regular basis.

About Kip's Business Mantras

I've been incredibly lucky to have worked with some of the best business leaders in the world. I've tried to apply what they taught me to my own consulting business. The following are some of my favorite "business mantras" I've learned from working with these fantastic people over the years. To note, I define "mantra" the same as Wikipedia: a sound, syllable, word or group of words capable of creating transformation, which in this case I mean significant business transformation.