In his latest book Linchpin, Seth Godin discusses making a significant mark in your workplace by doing things differently. Godin says “We need you to stand up and be remarkable. Be human. Contribute. Interact. Take the risk that you might make someone upset with your initiative, innovation, and insight – it turns out you’ll probably delight them instead.” (Go to www.sethgodin.com for more of Seth’s wonderful thoughts.)
In our Intelligent Disobedience workshops we concentrate quite a bit on helping people realize the capabilities they have, but might have forgotten or “put away” as being too risky. As we are influenced by cautious thoughts in a struggling economy, we are less apt to “rock the boat.”
We at Mindavation are of the firm belief that those who simply keep their heads down and do what they are told are MORE at risk of getting laid off – as their contributions are not notable. Those that engage in Intelligent Disobedience – and are doing so for the sake of improving their businesses and in turn, their lives – make a difference. They stand out from the crowd. And people who stand out from the crowd are rarely the ones who are laid off.
Many people hesitate to engage in acts of Intelligent Disobedience because they believe they increase their risk of being fired. We firmly believe that acts of Intelligent Disobedience that improve the posture of your business and the success of your manager will end up doing just the opposite – they will make your position in your business more secure, and improve your status.
Don’t just follow the crowd – TRY something different!