How does your company deal with power?
Of course, communities need moderate order systems and inevitable hierarchies. But they don't need a water head. This is primarily about the felt hierarchy, the "hierarchy in the head" and its dangerous consequences.
Those who celebrate the hierarchy do it deftly, and they choose their words admirably, for they are seminar-driven. But their attitude, one also feels between the lines. In the end, everything goes to a question: How will you deal with power?
Decisive questions are
- How is hierarchy lived with you? Top class, down mass?
- How many formal status symbols, the so-called crutches of power, still exist?
- Which verbal and non-verbal supremacy marks are celebrated like?
- Are subservient signals detected in time? And how is it avoided?
The light and the dark side of the power
Power in itself is neither good nor bad. What matters is how you use them. There is a light side and a dark side of the Force. It makes the good better and the bad worse. The ridge is narrow and the temptations are immense. "His new job has gone to his head," the saying goes.
Brain researchers report a changing amount of hormones, especially testosterone levels. You become a high-T person, often even from the “dark triad”: psychopaths, narcissists and Machiavellists. The possible consequences: unscrupulousness, exaggerated need for validity, position scrutiny and self-service mentality.
About the Power Drug Testosterone
If testosterone is at work, the whole company may be rebuilt to impress the investor, the economic press, and bonuses, regardless of whether this is entrepreneurial and serves the good of all - or not.
The power testosterone dampens empathy, which was useful in the individual case, because in the fight you had to be able to kill if necessary. Clearly, testosterone can also be a wonderful driver, it leads to growth and progress and leads us powerful. But in the wrong brains it is a devil's toy. It fires escalation, leaps beyond permissible boundaries and fabricates the dreaded tunnel vision.
Power and fear are a couple
Where power is, there is always fear. The fear of those who push up is to miss the connection. And the fear of those who have reached the top is to lose the power of privileges. As a result, power-hungry people hermetically seal off their area of responsibility, remain in silo-thinking, and treasure their knowledge rather than share it.
Everyone who attains power, therefore, must take care of the hell, because power changes the personality. The increasingly careless handling of power empowerments leads to blind self-assessment, to conscience, to pathological delusion, and possibly to crime. Social competences. Feeling cold. And the self-critical insight dries.
Authority forbids rejections
Often there is no one there who is calling for a stop. Authority forbids rejection. There is, however, a close relationship between a career advancement and the concealment of mistakes and difficulties against the boss.
If the elite and the workforce understand themselves as “we up there” against “those down there”, then the break is inevitable. In such a context, interpersonal cold is the lesser evil.
Where fear rules, creativity has no chance
Above all, human resources are largely wasted because a scenario of threats, intrigue, resentment, and mania of control is building up.
The focus is inward. Everyone is busy with themselves. There is not much time left for customers. Creativity is the key resource of the future.
No one buys mediocrity
Thinking against the rule is one of the most authoritative Success Factorsto differentiate between average and mediocrity. Because mediocrity no one wants to buy anymore. Mediocrity is not even remembered.
But how is it possible to create something extraordinary, something truly unique, when streamlined employees and a mule-sized crowd of fellow travelers populate a company - and all are always waiting to look up instead of out to the customer?
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