Leaders: Consider Creating a Crisis

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Here’s an odd organizational phenomenon that you’ll notice if you look for it: Organizations often don’t pay attention to important stuff until there’s some sort of crisis related to the aforementioned stuff. Any of the following sound familiar?

An organization will only call a strategic planning consultant after it’s obvious to 93.5% of the organization that they have nothing resembling a coherent and forward-thinking strategic plan.

An organization will only put together anything resembling a legit leadership development philosophy after realizing that for all their talk about “developing the future leaders” of the organization, they really haven’t done anything significant and tangible toward that end.

An organization will only start giving a flying flip about employee engagement after it becomes clear that a significant chunk of the humans that trudge through the employee entrance are increasingly miserable every day.

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