I have a very wise client that observed, after listening to comments at his team’s away day, that there was a beast in the room. He said the beast was mentioned by name “Well, The Company…”, “The Company set up this process…”, “The Company aren’t doing enough…”
The beast in the room was The Company.
People talk about their company as if it is a strange entity. Some rally against it, some are intimidated by it, many see it as a burden they must bear.
Few people look at their company as a vibrant community made up of people like them. In fact, it’s not people like them, it is them.
Not my job…
When I was working at a UK Broadcaster we had a security service that patrolled all our buildings at night. They’d started locking the small meeting rooms and they had the only key to open them.
One morning, a senior manager in my team complained that the rooms weren’t available for use until someone called security. He then looked me in the eye and said “Why doesn’t someone call them every morning when they come in?”
I told him he was welcome to do that. He shot back “I meant someone else.”
Oh, maybe someone from The Company … Continue reading