Some organizational leaders behave like their worst threat is their employees.
One of the reasons why they believe this is because they think that their employees can steal their position from them.
That’s also why they create all sorts of obstacles to make sure this doesn’t happen. One of the most critical obstacles is that they don’t help their employees grow as leaders.
“Why should I?” – they ask. “Aren’t they suppose to do what their told, do their job and go home? Isn’t that why I pay them?”
The old hierarchy based on the pyramid-model makes these leaders protect what they think they own – their position. Not only their position but also the power and status of their position. The bigger issue here is that they believe that those things represent who they are. Their identity! That’s why they protect those things with their lives!
If their employees know as much as them and know how to do their jobs with them… then what’s keeping the higher hierarchy to fire these leaders (higher cost) and promote one of their employees (lower cost)?
What this organizational model creates, besides a high-turnover rate, is an environment of fear. And fear doesn’t promote growth. In fact, fear limits growth!
An organization that doesn’t grow and it’s ruled by fear will face the ultimate cost: irrelevance and soon will be out-of-business.
This model worked extremely well in the days of industrial revolution. In those days, the employees just did what they were told to do, didn’t talked to their neighbors and didn’t ask questions.
There’s just one problem: the industrial revolution is being replaced by another revolution ignited by the power of connection of the Internet. Me and Ryan Coelho talked about it!
In today’s economy, if you just waiting for orders and for someone else to tell you what you’re suppose to do, you’re in BIG trouble.
In today’s economy, if you don’t talk to your neighbor, you’ll be out of business quickly.
In today’s economy, if you don’t know how to ask questions worth answering, you’ll become irrelevant!
Leaders that don’t create an organizational environment and structure that promotes growth are training fleas!
Flea training is a process that was popular around 1891.
You only need a glass jar with a lid. The fleas are placed inside the jar and the lid is sealed. They are left undisturbed for 3 days.
Then when the jar is opened the fleas will not jump out. In fact, the fleas will never jumper higher than the level set by the lid.
Their behavior will now be set for the rest of their lives and these fleas will produce offspring who will automatically follow their example.
This issue goes beyond the scope of just a few organizations with some self-serving leaders. What I’m addressing with this post is how the economic revolution that we’re living in right now is making our education system obsolete and is training ourselves to FAIL!
I share Zig Ziglar’s belief that you and I were born to WIN! However, since the first day that we enter the educational systems around the World (Western World at least) we are taught to fit in, know the answers we are taught to remember and follow rules.
Today, there are no rules for you to follow in order to be successful.
Today, the answers that you were told are obsolete.
Today, if you want to fit in you’ll become invisible and irrelevant!
How HIGH will you jump?
The interesting thing about flea training is that the fleas didn’t lose the ability to jump high.
What they lost was the belief about how high they could reach.
When I told you how to raise the B.A.R., I showed you how Belief influences the amount and type of Action that you can use from ALL your potential and, by implication, how your Actions influences the Results that you get.
That’s why I believe that the latest book by Seth Godin – The Icarus Deception, is so important!
Icarus’ father told him not to fly too high and too close to the sun or his wax wings would melt. That’s the version of the myth that we know.
However, there’s a second part to it. His father also told him not to flight too low and too close to the sea or the salt would damage his wings.
You can’t go higher than you believe you can.
You’ve been told that you should see it before you believe it, right? The problem with this advice is that it’s based on fear. Fear of disappointment. Fear of being judged by others. Fear of not being enough.
Like Randy Cage says, “failure isn’t the opposite of success. It’s part of the process! The opposite of success is mediocrity”.
You have to believe it first before you can see it. Only when you can see it, you can do it!
It was fear of hitting the jar’s lit that kept the fleas inside the glass and it’s fear that’s keeping you from becoming magnificent.
I’m going to tell you right now – I’m not fearless. Like you, I also have fears. But get this – I’m more afraid of what my Life would look like if I don’t follow my purpose, than all my other fears combined.
I live with this belief God gave me my dreams and skills to so I could fulfill a worthwhile purpose with my Life. That’s why my ultimate goal is to honor each breath I take by living fully aligned with that mission!
So the question isn’t if you can jump of the glass jar.
The question is…