Article upon article, book upon book, for somewhere around 30 years or more, telling us how to make the workplace……better. Still, the consultants and gurus keep pumping out information, more and more effort comes around to create change in the hearts and minds of business leaders, and still we’re stuck in the quagmire.
Yes, I realize that I am one of those who keep pumping out thoughts on how to change things in my own little corner of the blogosphere. Which is why I have to ask – of anyone who has ever endeavored to change anything – do you ever just plain feel like you’re banging your head against the wall?
Seriously, we all know that the fundamental organizational practices and management styles haven’t really changed much when you look across the landscape of corporate America (or anywhere else, for that matter). There are still sycophantic underlings, command-and-control bosses, ignorant executives – all of them are alive and well. Wizened servant leaders, engaged and empowered employees, highly efficient, data-driven, freedom-producing, innovation-inspiring environments are the freakish outliers – not the norm.
Seriously, it’s not like no one know what’s going on, or that it’s broken. The typical response is one of trying to figure out how to take advantage of the broken, or learn to live with it. Rarely, if ever, does anyone try to actually change things and, if they do, they quickly find themselves falling out of favor with those who have learned to take advantage of what’s broken, or learned to live with it.
All of which, sometimes, leaves me feeling completely disillusioned and uninspired. And – I am willing to be that I am not unique. So, I have to ask – how about you? How do you overcome the sense of getting nowhere fast, or of swimming against an overwhelming, impossible current that doesn’t want to change? Have you succumbed to the incredible momentum that was built up long ago by forces that will never adjust? If not, what inspires you to keep going?