Rousing the Rabble, by definition, means you get some buy-in.

26 12 2014

“When you’re a catalyst for change, you make enemies – and I’m proud of the ones I’ve got.” ~Rupert Murdoch

Knocking people out of their comfort zone sure is a good way to get on their bad side.  People like comfortable.  Most like that rut that they’re in, and when you knock them out of it, you might dent their proverbial fenders.  Those rabble-rousers that stir up change are often not popular, and they’ll even get push-back on their thinking.  They have the up-hill battle, because they have to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that their new idea will work better.  Anything but perfection is failure, while the status quo can limp along nicely, looking like a success to some, cuz it ain’t broke.

Leaders need to be careful when it’s time to select someone to be promoted.  Those who are popular with others because they are champions of the status quo can look like good candidates because they “won’t rock the boat”.  Those rabble rousers might look good to others, because they’re willing to embrace change with no thought for those who like things the way they were.  While this might not be a terrible hire, finding a rising leader who can embrace change, but also can communicate effectively with those who don’t like change are probably the best to communicate the vision.  Empathy is a quality that all good leaders should have some of.  If you can’t feel the pain of your team, how are you going to get them to dig deep and pull with you when you need your team all pulling in the same direction?

Speaking of catalyst…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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