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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.

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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.

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When was the last time you looked at a Dilbert cartoon and a big smile appeared on your face?
Hack by Olivier Lavergne on December 1, 2010
I can summarize your slow growth easily. There are two types of people you and HR would never hire. You adore Steve Jobs and Einstein. Yet, let’s be honest shall we. You use Apple products.
Story by Jim Woods on October 28, 2013
Inspired by what Carsten Schloter told me once. Later I found out it quite matches Christopher Avery's responsibility process Once upon a time there was a dwarf.
Story by Bernhard Sterchi on May 1, 2016
“But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talents, new creations.
Story by Jeff DeGraff on July 26, 2012
 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
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
Once upon a time there was a successful leader. Each day on his way from the metro to the office, he passed under a bridge where homeless people were seeking shelter from the rain and the cold.
Story by Bernhard Sterchi on September 13, 2016
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
Even if companies officially ask their workforce to be a driver of innovation, they seldom act accordingly and rather punish "out-of-the-box" actions.
Hack by Ile Tovaglieri on January 9, 2011
In the Jaycee organization there is a simple definition of a leader; a leader has followers. I learned there are several types of followers; voluntary, hired, and assigned.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on February 23, 2014

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