“ I will pretend to agree with you ,boss, but only because I am
afraid I will lose my job if I don’t.”
Every business pretends to believe in allowing candour and
transparency in its workplace. They pay lip service to the ideals of
employee empowerment and engagement but have no intention of letting
it, ”get out of hand”. What’s more employees realise this, they know
their bosses don’t want to be contradicted, challenged or disagreed
with. To do so could seriously damage your career prospects. Hence the
common practice of agreeing with the boss out of self preservation
whilst at the same time with holding the evidence that the boss is
making mistake after mistake.
Surprisingly few senior managers want to admit that their employees
are too scared or savie to speak out. They want to pretend that the
consequences of disagreeing with the boss are not the explanation for
employees going along with the boss’s ideas.
This state of affairs weakens the organisation, makes it less
effective and explains why strategies fail to deliver the expected
results. This self censorship is corporate Kryptonite.
Blair Mcpherson former Director, author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk