The Problem is: “it’s really not my problem”

//The Problem is: “it’s really not my problem”

The Problem is: “it’s really not my problem”

“I know” he said “the management really should do something about it”. If there is a sentence that gets my blood boiling it is that one!  I am not referring to shop floor workers complaining about a lack of soap in the shower room but the whining lament of lazy middle class professionals that go around thinking that the problems confronting them need to be solved by anyone else but themselves.  In short I am talking about taking responsibility.

Over the last thirty years I have worked for many organizations, large and small, and the saddest experience I ever encounter is always apathy.  I am not sure where it comes from but it seems to me that there are some people that are born to take responsibility and to try and solve issues and there are others that simply stand on the sidelines waiting to see what happens. 

It is true that companies that do not invest in people development and constantly ignore the ideas and ambitions of their most precious resource, tend to end up with a grumbling layer of apathy within them.

In Egypt recently,  we have witnessed a revolution like no other before.  And if it has come about, in part, because of the use of the internet and multi-channel communications, then I cannot help but take encouragement that with the continued growth of social media tools impregnating the boundaries of company intranets and extranets, that maybe we will witness similar events inside poor performing multi-national corporations?

Now I do not see overthrows of power, with people waving flags and banners trying to out the CEO.  But I do see ambitious people finding new ways of circumnavigating the clay layer of ineffective managers that hold back progress and new ideas.

A question remains for Egypt. When the new Government is elected; will the people go back to relying on them to solve their problems or will this new sense of people power remain like some kind of religious awakening?  I am told that people don’t change, this may be true on an individual level but group behavior certainly does. I like to think that a tap has been turned on that can never be fully closed again.

Have a good week,


2016-11-17T08:24:59+00:000 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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