Category : Organizational change

In a world without rebels

Our systems — be they companies, government agencies, schools, churches or healthcare organizations — become brittle, rigid, bureaucratic, and sometimes even dangerous when there are no rebels or change makers who have the courage to say, “This isn’t the right way.” Look no further than General Motors’ recent debacle. This inspirational post reflects on what might happen in a world without rebels.

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Working without an agenda

A danger for everyone at work — particularly us change makers — is becoming obsessed with our own agenda.

When we’re focused on pushing our agenda forward come hell or high water, we get blinded from taking in potentially valuable new information and from enjoying and learning fromย  our colleagues.

When our agenda has us, we are handicapped from being effective change makers. Or effective period.

Messengers at work

A lot of people donโ€™t like the word rebel, which I latched onto because it gets people to pay attention and it conveys people with the courage, conviction and commitment to stand up for change.

โ€œMessenger is a much better word,โ€ my friend Maria has been telling me for several months. โ€œItโ€™s positive. Rebels are angry fighters.โ€

Last week Maria and I got together for our annual two-day marathon where we help one another set our goals and intentions for the year.