This is how the phone call went:
“The leaders of this organization seem to have an appetite for chaos,” a friend stated. “Perhaps it’s with the hope that those conditions will bring the best out of people. You know, only the strong will survive.”
“How’s that working?” I asked.
“The ripple effect through the organization is killing us. Because it’s survival of the fittest for each leader, their respective departments are now pitted against each other. There’s a lot of demarcation going on.”
“If my boss doesn’t like your boss, I’d better be careful what I do for you,” I added. “In fact, I may spend more of my time thinking about what I can do to you. Talk about creating indigestion.”
Even though we know it, we fall into the trap ourselves. (Survival instincts are difficult to suppress.) Top teams don’t realize how their approach magnifies (and morphs) exponentially through the organization. It kills creativity, productivity – everything.
“It’s crazy,” he finished. “As bad as the economy and market is, the most difficult challenges we face are internal. So, I keep telling my team, despite what is being modeled to us, we have a unique opportunity to do something different. What we want to accomplish is under our control.”
The leader on the other end of the phone reminds me Rachel in our upcoming book, Degrees of Strength [Jan 23, 2012]. Calm and focus in the chaos. In control of what can be controlled.
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