quinta-feira, 7 de julho de 2011

Be aware if you are so comfortable

Tribes. What is a tribe? A tribe is a huge amount of people that follow something with meaning, an individual or a cause.
Seth Godin is one of my favorite writers. I’ve read recently «Tribes» and Seth Godin gives us a real lesson about leadership and change. Tribes wait for leaders and leaders must foster change to have tribes.
Change is difficult because we have to overcome status quo and beaurocracy. One of the strongest idea is titled as graze. And Seth says most of people are trained, are educated to be obedient, to accept idiot work with enough dose of fear. Fear of being fired. This is the same as saying we are prepared to be sheep in a herd.

What leaders do is to change this kind of herd behavior. They challenge the status quo. Seth Godin gives us an excellent example. Imagine a balloons factory. Everybody in this factory are fearful, people are afraid of edges, of temperature, pins and needles, even hedgehogs.
Everything all right, employees are comfortable, in a stable system, until it appears the unicorn. At first people say to unicorn to go way, to stand still, etc. But if the unicorn doesn’t obeys what happen? People run to the shelters. As you see, it is very easy to the unicorn to destabilize.

After all, what means this small story? The balloons factory is the status quo, the unicorn is the leader that change everything. So, be careful if you are so comfortable, what ever in your private life or in your workplace.