I’m reading some great articles this morning shared by thoughtful people in my network. Thank you @fbrych
To generate new forms of knowledge, companies must think
differently about employees and the organizational culture.
Historically, employers have expected employees to be
obedient and diligent, and to have expertise. These traits,
however, are becoming commoditized. Today, organizations
need employees who take initiative, are creative, challenge
the conventional wisdom, and view work as a passion.
Managers must build a sense of purpose and create an
engaging work environment that attracts people with these
After years of signaling that a good employee keeps her head down and doesn’t rock the boat, we need to learn to trust again. Not everyone will instantly transform from a good do-bee follower to a creative initiative-taker, but we will be wasting valuable resources if we don’t try to teach the new rules.
Years ago I stood in line to be on Let’s Make A Deal. While we waited to see who would be chosen to be on the trading floor, staff members came out and explained that we needed to stand in orderly lines and be quiet. I followed the rules and did as I was told. Noisy obnoxious people grabbed at the people choosing AND GOT SELECTED! To this day I feel resentful that they tricked me.
So I guess the moral is that some people already know that standing out and breaking rules will get them chosen. Some of us have to learn it, but we still have a great deal to contribute. Monty, pick me.