...something that happens as a result of an action...
When I think about "consequences" I typically jump to a negative conclusion.
"Ken is being disciplined as a consequence for his error."
It's almost as if those of us in leadership naturally assume we have not made the error. It is always someone above or below who has stumbled.
Quick poll question: ...all those who are perfect please raise their hand...
Anyone? Anyone at all?
It's (Almost) Always the Leader's Fault
What if we made a conscious decision in our organizations to frame every single problem in terms of how effectively the leadership team did the following:
- clearly articulated the vision and plan
- set expectations in a public setting so every team member could ask questions and understand
- reported regularly when projects (not people) were drifting from the expected outcome and had to publicly state how they were making course corrections
Our actions have a huge impact on the success or failure of our companies. Our influence is staggering, yet sometimes we forget and simply go through the excuse-filled leadership motions.
For me it is simple...the burden is on the leadership team.
How About You
Who takes the blame in your company? Does it flow downhill quickly; or, is there someone who consistently steps in and takes the fall for the team? If you have a leader like that hang on tightly to them. Otherwise, I might just recruit them away.
I'd love to hear from you.