I was the King of Malicious Compliance, and I wore the crown proudly.
Not familiar with the term? It’s a kind of organizational sabotage where the demise of the organization’s leader is the goal.
- I’ve been known to rigidly comply with an instruction in a way that I knew would cause embarrassment for the instruction giver. (Ask me about my M&M watch sometime.)
- Knowing I had the answer, I might deliberately withhold my contribution in a discussion unless asked a direct question.
- I could adhere strictly to office hours – just the arrival and departure times, of course – while spending the intervening hours in decidedly unproductive ways.
- Even worse, I might do something I knew was counterproductive, just “because you told me to.”
And I was pretty effective, because malicious compliance is contagious.
“Leadership is about influence and inspiration.” – Everyone who knows anything
Who has the most influence on the mood in your workplace?
If you’re part of the leadership – formal or informal – you do. Especially if your mood reveals your anxieties and worries about the business or your lack of compassion for those struggling to meet your expectations.
Another year in the books (or the cloud, or wherever we store history these days). In 2015, we worked with executives in oil and gas (up/mid/down-stream), healthcare, construction, contact centers, financial and more, and we’ve helped them become better leaders who developed more leaders. Along the way, we had the privilege to help their organizations grow, transform and improve, and in doing so, we saw some noteworthy trends we thought we’d share with you. If any of these sound familiar, learn vicariously from the collective and use this as a catalyst for improvement. (more…)
There’s been a lot of clamor lately about companies wasting their leadership development dollars. Many do, but that doesn’t mean leadership development is a waste of money. The simple truth is: if you’re not getting the bang for your buck, it’s because you’re doing it wrong. (more…)
Folks, let’s be clear: Developing leaders is not the hardest thing you’ll do this year. It may very well be the most important, but it ain’t the toughest.
The problem is not complexity, effort or difficulty. Its wherewithal. Simply put, if you want it badly enough, you’ll do it, and do it right. If you don’t, you won’t.
There endeth the first lesson.
Retention. Attrition. Turnover.
These are attention-getting words today. It costs too much—and is too damned difficult—to find and hire good people, that finally employee turnover is having its day. It’s about time.
Much of the research, discussions and rhetoric out there is so far beyond wrong as to be simply idiotic. Let’s debunk a bunch of it… (more…)