Here's why Firing Jeremy Clarkson was the Perfect Response
They’re in place in all organisations. The brilliantly talented Lawyer who needs to be right all the time and drives everyone nuts. An Actuary who had every ounce of personal warmth sucked out at birth (an extroverted actuary is someone who looks at your shoes when he’s talking to you). A Research Chemist with 3 normal brains who pays zero attention to personal hygiene. You can use any label you wish. Oddballs. Weirdos. Misfits. They are everywhere. Now, if you’re lucky they combine ‘oddness’ & ‘greatness’. That Lawyer will win unwinnable cases. The Actuary will convert financial wizardry into an idea that saves a bank millions in recapitalization costs. And the Chemist will cure … whatever. Brilliance is traded off against oddness i.e. a certain amount of oddness is tolerable (most of us are a bit odd but often don’t recognise our own peccadilloes). While IBM formally recognize this (a dual career structure where the Techies march to the left and the Managers go right), most organizations just muddle through as best they can.
Should Consultants Collude with Leadership Lies?
Of all the businesses, by far
Consultancy’s the most bizarre
For, to the penetrating eye,
There’s no apparent reason why,
With no more assets than a pen,
This group of personable men
Can sell to client’s more than twice
The same ridiculous advice;
Or find, in such a rich profusion
Problem’s to fit their own solution (Boardroom Ballads – Bertie Ramsbottom)
Rip Up The Rules: Solution Focused Consulting
Over the past 20 years, I’ve been involved in numerous team-improvement and problem-solving interventions, across every type of organisation imaginable (butchers, bakers, candlestick makers and a few others thrown into the mix). Do these interventions always work? Does the problem always ‘go away’? Hymm! Let’s take a quick look at the so-called ‘epidemic’ of managerial bullying as a case in point.
The story of two concerts
It’s fine for a manager to be grumpy – as long as they are ‘genius’.
I recently attended two concerts in Dublin’s 02. The first sojourn was to hear the Eagles. Even if you’re not an Eagles fan, the concert was stunning. More than the music, they told the ‘story’ of how the band developed and the staging (audio visuals etc.) was excellent. The concert ran for almost 3 hours, a tour de force of musicianship and entertainment. How they survived those ‘Hotel California’ days is a medical miracle (Bill Clinton is so lucky that he didn’t inhale!).