We’ve received further evidence that people don’t know what they don’t know. The response from viewers after being interviewed by the local network TV station has been enlightening. One email read, “I saw your interview. I dread going to work and never thought to doing anything about it until now.”
And a neighbor shared that his boss, after seeing the news clip, wanted to purchase Stomp the Elephant in the Office. “I’ve talked to him for years about improving the organization,” he said. “Something clicked. Go figure.”
Here’s the elephant in the office: Millions of people go to work each day – and dread the experience. It’s alarming: They’ve succumbed to a belief system “that work sucks, and that’s just the way it is.”
The way it is doesn’t have to be the way it is.
STOMP THE ELEPHANT
A friend complained about a pain in his back. He said it had bothered him for years, and prevented him from fully participating in life. “Finally, I decided I’d had enough and got it treated. Best decision I ever made. I’m now pain free.”
Do you know someone who religiously complains about the relationship they have with one or more of their co-workers? Consider the possibility that they don’t know what they don’t know – that their work environment CAN be better.
You can help by asking:
- Do you intend to function with this painful relationship forever?
- What’s it costing you to be “disabled” because of this relationship?
- What role are you playing in this dysfunctional relationship?
- What would it be worth if this relationship improved?
- What are three things you’ll do to move this forward?
What are you ready to change about what you don’t know?
Where will you lead – where will you stomp elephants – today?