The King of Malicious Compliance

Henry VIIII 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.

Inspired or Not, Here You Come!

“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.

Top 10 Client Lessons from 2015

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…)

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