The unintentional killing of aspiration happens all the time. Picture the scenario; you, the boss walk into a meeting and have a nice word to say for everyone. Polite, yes, useful NO!!!!!!
When working for a company for a long time people learn how to survive the daily politics and bureaucracy; they learn how to get by without making so many waves, they don’t cause problems and actually they don’t solve them either. The result of such behaviour, especially if you’re the responsible one is that you will lose your clout, lose your ability to make changes and lose the knowledge on how to regain that power you once had.
Reminding people of how far they’ve travelled, the greatness of their achievements to date, well this is good for sure but only when it’s really needed. Those times when despair takes over and the team can only see the big picture stuff and know in their hearts that it’s just way too big to do, this is the time for encouragement and recognition of achievements to date. You then break it down again and move on, in haste I might add.
By following this path you and your team are on the fast track to average. As a manager and leader all you will have achieved is to kill aspiration through the prolonged and continued force of apathy, your apathy, your team’s apathy.
It’s all about being acute or being chronic.
Being nice all the time, practicing niceness and surviving the daily grind, that’s chronic, thats the drip, drip, drip of apathy. And we all know about chronic, ask a back pain sufferer, chronic is not good, chronic is bad, very bad.
Acute on the other hand, this is painful too but gets things done. There are moments, they don’t have to be often by the way, but there are moments when a little but short lived pain is needed. The moment when you make yourself heard, you make your presence felt at the very highest level can and often does inspire those around you, and not necessarily just in your team to get on and do something. By removing the neutralising effect of niceness sometimes you can make a dramatic and good, even great, difference to your teams performance, to the performance of those on other teams and most importantly on your own performance.
You might by now be thinking this is not FINNA thinking. FINNA is about empowerment and enablement of self and others and it is. But just stop and think about it for a moment, really think hard. What better way of empowering people, including yourself, than giving them and yourself a real good kick in the pants? The emphasis on modern undermanagement techniques does nothing for those who just need to be led and there are way many more of those types of people than those who are willing and capable of showing true leadership.
Those who practice the hands-off, light touch control management, those are the managers you should and must be wary of. They may be nice, or just easy to work for but they will not help you in your aims and your career. They will stand in the way for what may seem like an eternity and you will go no further. These types of managers are toxic!
FINNA is about taking action, at its heart FINNA is about making things happen that you want to happen and that you can make happen. It is not just about empowerment, it’s about achieving and being happy about what you have achieved. It’s about defining your own success and going about making it come about.
If you ever find yourself in a team trapped by one of those nice managers, one of those managers who practice light touch then leave, leave the team and if that’s impossible leave the company, move on because it will not get any better. The drip, drip, drip of slow career death is taking place and you’re the one who’s not getting anywhere. Your aspiration will be killed by apathy and then you will be in grave danger of visiting your apathy on your team.
Don’t just develop the awareness of the problem although a starting point and of course helpful, but actually do something about it. Know in your heart where you want to be, know where you presently are and know just how you are going to take the journey, what you need with you at the start and what you can pick-up along the way. But most importantly at the beginning of the journey have a map and check-out the obstacles which when it comes to success means those people who are going to block your path. If you cannot move them choose a different path, just the same destination.
Thank you for reading.