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Have you seen those videos or TV interviews, or programmes, in which there is a disconnect between what the person says (as clearly seen by the movement of their lips) and what you hear? Sometimes a delay? Sometimes it simply doesn’t match?
We have lots of these in organizations.
The audio says, take risks, be bold, be honest, you’re empowered, push the envelope, fight the default positions, you have permission, you are empowered, you need to own things, act as an owner.
What you see in the video is people being, if not fully penalised, certainly questioned ‘for those risks taken’ or not really promoted, or told to be more prudent next time, or told next time make sure we know, you ask, discuss, get buy in, be more careful and all other variations.
I’ve got a new top leadership role: Chief Synchronizing Officer.
Of course this disqualifies some like the CEO who told me a few months ago about his desire to have a Viral Change™ behaviour described as ‘take risks but be prudent’. I told him that it sounded like an advert for safe sex. I did not go well.