Anyone recognise these traits?
- Too many (and overpopulated, and too frequent) meetings?
- Decision by committee (or not)?
- Constantly, redoing the strategy but nothing changes today?
- Objectives that people know will be met - after all we all deserve our bonus for just turning up?
I could go on, however most of you will know the kind of organisation I mean. Inertia has struck hold, mediocrity is seeping through the floor boards and no one realises it. The leaders don't have parking, they have comfort zones that they pull their cars into on a morning....
Mmmm maybe you can tell that this is a subject close to my heart :) Well, it is because I think we forget the role business plays in society, the role leaders and managers have with their teams lives....business is incredibly important and if we as leaders don't keep pushing the boundaries, challenging our working practices, inspiring new ideas, developing talent...then people become disengaged. The effect is felt in society both through disengaged employees and consumers who feel the lack of passion.
So, I proffer this idea...a comfort zone is only allowed when we understand that standing still is uncomfortable because we know we are falling behind the competitors....a comfort zone is when we are doing what feels comfortable for successful leaders - that of expanding the minds of our consumers and of our internal talent.
Feel better for that rant...:)