• Steve

The Absurdity of Control

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

Once again, I find myself in a world where the desire for control outweighs experience. The mistaken belief that more grip and stronger control mechanisms mean that complex change happens faster.

Only a few weeks into a complex organisational reboot and already I can see that the pace of change has slowed down. Lots of new templates that need urgent completion have appeared. There are lots of new regular meetings and a weekly reporting regime. The requirement for detail is high, so lots of time is being spent polishing crystal balls, hoping for clarity, rather than concentrating on the relationships or engagement that would support real changes.

The tone of communication has also changed, public humiliation and terse directness has arrived, this is already spreading like wildfire and the troo