“If we do not let people do things the way they do, we will never know what they are really capable of and they will just follow our boarding school rules”
― Ricardo Semler
The workplace is broken and has been for a very long time.
Rules, rules, rules.
No trust; no common sense; no bravery.
I’ve talked a lot about the soul of a business but that doesn’t live in a manual or the edicts of people who should know better. It lives in the rarified place where we, the workers, connect at the deepest, most profound level.
The thing is, we’re not very serious people. If we were, we wouldn’t stand around sniping and criticising. Instead, we’d do something about the managers and (supposed) leaders who’ve messed things up.
I’m ashamed to say it — and it equally applies to me — we suck it up knowing that one day it will end and we’ll be able to live normally, like we try to do at weekends and our holidays.
What am I really trying to say?
The world of work is not working — forget bloody Brexit for a moment — and we are doing everything in our power to keep the defective edifice in place. When will we learn that to be happy in our work, to live fully and to do justice to our gifts, we’re never going to do so whilst we play by the current rules?
Our job, surely, is to challenge everything:
Why? is always a good place to start, and not give up until you’ve got to the bottom of things.
That, or rebel as if your life depended on it.