It's time to reinvent management. You can help.

Encourage the dissenters

“The pro-change constituency must always be more powerful than the no-change constituency.”

There is a tendency in every organization to discount disputatious or divergent points of view. Those with an interest in defening the status quo often regard dissent as subverssive. Yet history shows it was often the malcontents and the contrarians who had the most prescient view of tomorrow’s threats and opportunities. So rather than marginalize the outliers, organizations must ensure that their voices are heard. Internal debates about strategy and policy must be vigorous, open and uncensored, and every management processes must encourage those with discomforting views to speak up.

18 Stories
37 Hacks
5 Barriers

Encourage the dissenters

“The pro-change constituency must always be more powerful than the no-change constituency.”

There is a tendency in every organization to discount disputatious or divergent points of view. Those with an interest in defening the status quo often regard dissent as subverssive. Yet history shows it was often the malcontents and the contrarians who had the most prescient view of tomorrow’s threats and opportunities. So rather than marginalize the outliers, organizations must ensure that their voices are heard. Internal debates about strategy and policy must be vigorous, open and uncensored, and every management processes must encourage those with discomforting views to speak up.

Filter By:
Establish an environment to allow ideas to grow within a company.  An incubator gives support for a new idea.  Universities, notably Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, have used this method t
Hack by Brendan McComb on September 18, 2010
Are you sick of having to follow unintuitive processes, which you don't really understand, when making recruitment decisions?
Hack by Simon Hearsey on September 28, 2012
Many employees are afraid to admit that they do not have enough work because they fear that they might be laid off if word gets out.
Barrier by Anusha John on August 13, 2010
 I have had much success helping managers who need to get their teams to accept a new change.  It doesn't just happen.
Story by Terry D. Everson on January 6, 2011
The factory floor of many organisations is the wild west of the work place.Much of the work is extremely repetitive and boring.
Hack by Stu Wilkinson on December 6, 2011
Every new recruitto a company has to go through an introductory process, where he/she becomesfamiliar with the company. This is generally a quick survival lesson and thenyou are sent on your way.
Hack by Kaeden Arnold on August 2, 2011
     Leadership equality means the responsibility of leading is divided evenly among us. Our influence is lateral as well as vertical, and those above us may need us most
Hack by Tom Wright on September 25, 2011
The greatest risk today - in an increasingly networked world where the cost of experimentation is dropping, may very well be that the hazards of standing still outweigh those of unmitigated experiment
Hack by Paul Higgins on July 5, 2011
Extreme Diversity is a radical approach to smash the barriers that don't allow minorities to grow and excel in organizations.
Hack by Daniele Pigni on December 10, 2018
Ever get an innovation project rolling along well and then bump into a hidden corporate policy or procedure that stops the project dead in its tracks?
Hack by Mary Kuhr Anderson on August 14, 2017

Pages