Remember that childhood game, “Hot Potato”? You would take a ball, beanbag or other item and pretend it’s a hot potato. As soon as you got it you’d pass it on to the next person. Then at the end of the music, a timer or just a random announcement from the game master – whoever is holding the hot potato loses.
Child’s game? Or is it how we manage our companies? If it is, we need to find a way out of this trap. It kills productivity, destroys job satisfaction and dooms us to a world of enforced mediocrity. That’s what I was thinking about the other day. Here’s how it started. Continue reading
“There are strangers among us.” The lady was referring to the consultants that her company’s executives had hired.
The phrase hit me like a brick.
I’ve been a consultant for over 15 years – half of my career. It’s funny, you don’t get into this game unless you have some desire for feedback. Given how competitive consulting is, you also have to be a bit of an over-achiever.
I confess. Yes. I was that kid in school who had all the answers — the one the teacher eventually stopped asking, or looked vainly to each side of hoping for someone else to raise their hand, eventually returning defeated to reluctantly accept the offering of the impatient know-it-all in the front row. For anyone who worries about my social status, you can rest easy — I got over that part. In university I became the guy sitting at the backs. Still an over-achiever, but now a rebellious one — I learned to be cool and disdainful. But I still knew the answer. At least that’s my perception. Continue reading