For several years I have been discussing the concept of Intelligent Disobedience in the context of achieving business outcomes and managing projects. That is far from the only context in which Intelligent Disobedience is relevant however.
Ira Chaleff, the author of one of our favourite books – The Courageous Follower – has written a book that discusses Intelligent Disobedience from a different perspective. Have you ever wondered why the concept of executing intelligent disobedience is so difficult? Mr. Chaleff provides us with answers to this question.
In Intelligent Disobedience – Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do is Wrong, we learn how we educate ourselves and our children, and how we are taught to obey – too well. Although being taught to obey is important, it is misguided when there is no provision for understanding and evaluating when obeying is not the right thing.
Through the use of crisp stories and citing relevant research, Mr. Chaleff educates us on the influences that have formulated our thinking, which can help us overcome our hesitance when considering acts of intelligent disobedience. More importantly, that same understanding can help project managers and other leaders guide those that work for them, and provide guidance for them to engage in acts of intelligent disobedience. It is the understanding of how one hesitates to engage in ID, that can be applied to help others break through the psychological log-jam.
So, a new chapter in the “thought journey” to explore Intelligent Disobedience is available to you and we look forward to working together and “spreading the message”. I highly recommend you pick up, read and carefully consider Intelligent Disobedience – Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do is Wrong by Ira Chaleff – Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1st Edition (July 7, 2015)