“A group that overcomes their dysfunctions to achieve more than as individuals they could ever imagine achieving alone.” ~ Patrick Lencioni
I was asked this question recently by a leader. He agreed that change needed to happen in his department for the benefit of those served. He agreed that the proposed changes were research driven and based on plenty of evidence to support the change. He sat listening attentively, and nodding his head in agreement with all points made.
I have had a multitude of unhealthy coping mechanisms throughout my leadership career. I am a stress eater. I reward myself for a great day with food, and I comfort myself on a bad day with food.
Food, Food, Food. Sometimes our unhealthy coping mechanisms are completely socially appropriate, and sometimes they are not. Compulsive spending, smoking, swearing, and sarcasm.......as well as caffeine consumption so much so that you forget there are other fluids on Earth to drink.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Isn't life and leadership stressful enough without adding an unhealthy coping mechanism?
Actively Engaged vs. Actively Dis-engaged? Actively engaged employees, according to a Gallop poll, only make up 50% of the American workforce. What are the other 50% doing? They are the passively dis-engaged. Your employees are there, sitting upright at their desks, but are they really present for their organization? Or, just going through the motions?