You can’t handle the Truth!


How much courage should an employee have for his or her own good?

I note that there is much discussion about the changing needs of the workforce. There always has been. Yet look at Gallup’s engagement scores, they tell a dismal story – only around 30% of the US workforce is engaged!!!

What a way to run a business!!!

That means probably 50% sit on the fence and the rest are your “internal terrorists” who are frankly ruining your reputation, and taking value away! ”

These are the folks who have already mentally retired from your workplace but stayed to get paid!!

Get ride of these folks and all businesses will become more profitable “OVERNIGHT” and you will immediately gain credibility within and outside the walls of your business.

I speak to groups of employers and students alike.  I am here to tell you there is a disconnect between words and actions! Wants and Courage do not align!

Many like myself speak of business needing to hire someone who “gets it” who really understands that to be different, to breaks all the rules in a “GOOD” way is a “GREAT” thing,

Those folk should be sought after not to be categorized as someone who “rocks the boat” or “does not fit here!” It is the folk who do the categorizing that we should ask ourselves “Are these the guys that do not fit anymore?”

Anyway when was the last time that “fit for working here” was reviewed in your organization?

Business changes fast- we need to be nimble of mind and talent…  being fit for a job today is probably not fit to last… for more than a few months…

In one year all of our businesses and processes will need reviewing some destined to be “outdated” even quicker then that.

In a world where we seek:

  1. Employees who are engaged. (Give their heart and mind.)
  2. People who give of their best. (Are motivated that they willingly want to do well.)
  3. People who are “linchpins.” (Seth Godin)
  4. People who are both creative and have courage to be truth tellers.
  5. Employees who are not afraid to be who they are and think outside the box even when it is unpopular.

I ask is business ready for these people. Too often sadly I meet with people who have tried and been put down or categorized as “not a fit.”

So my thought for today is: How do we keep these “diamonds in the coal” from being subdued?

For my part I say go forward and be the person you are and meet with like-minded people.

Create the “mind -change revolution.” Where to be different is to add value and to be individual is to be great.

We say we want the hearts and minds and if we do then we better start “really listening and doing something about it.”

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About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on February 16, 2011, in HRMexplorer Blogs. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I can relate to this article Peter! My last position was more of a “rock the boat” type of role. I merely wanted and tried to institute a better method of communication between teams so our implementations went smoother. I got no support but a lot of the “throw him under the bus” garbage mentality. I was then let got after a year on the job. Now, here is the kicker – this small company was bought by a corporation! They now have to shift from a small family type company to a corporation where, they are all now just a number. Creating that “mind-changing revolution” is now more difficult that ever.

  2. OH you are SOOOO right on the money! Thanks for posting this great message.

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