We have all experienced those situations where negative habits of employees and friends seem to never die. We try to be patient or polite, until our head begins to throb and we feel an ultimate volcano that risks either a lost friendship or human resource issue. If I might dare to suggest, be free from that volcano before you explode (or implode).
There will always be segments of society and organizations that are resistant to changes, and slow to accept innovation. By contrast, some are so excited by every new thing that they hastily run down every rabbit trail. The sad result is the waste that can occur by either action.
I find the following a sad example of how tragic reluctance to accept new ideas can be. It is historical account of refusal to embrace change, and how it affected a whole nation.
By now, some may know I am an avid reader of Presidential biographies. A few years back, I was looking for a new vein of reading material, and I found the nuggets of leadership styles and insights worth the read. I also found interesting lessons in our nation’s history. It is always interesting to ponder ‘what if’?
I believe John Maxwell suggested that ‘intuition’ be listed as one of his 21 Leadership laws in the best seller ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’. Leaders today are in desperate need of developing and exercising this skill. Unfortunately, much like speed to a football player, intuition for a leader is not a classroom product.