You know the story. A leader in anger will kill the messenger of bad news. However, I believe there is more to the story. Often you find that the messenger takes pleasure in bringing bad news in the hope of tearing something apart and getting some twisted pleasure of seeing things fall into a heap.
A reluctant messenger will want to avoid the wrath and keep his job. If you think about it, how could it be any other way?
And yet, in our modern blogging world (sort of like email broadcasting), it is possible to send volumes of negative feedback with little worry about reprecussion. The exception to this is if you have done so anonymously and have been detected. Or maybe you work for the company that you are complaining about.
Again, it is pretty obvious, isn’t it?
Anyways, I’ve been thinking about this for some time and I’ve come to the realization that it only helps to complain when you actually can and will do something about it. In other words, you can’t just talk about whatever it is, you have to be prepared to step up and actually follow through with action to correct the situation.
And, of course, this is where it gets difficult.
How can I change something so big? With so many people involved, surely you need a captain to steer the ship.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to create positive change is to:
- Worry primarily about those things you do have responsibility for
- Only give advice to the people in charge if they are receptive to feedback
- Stop complaining and more doing
- Find a way to lead by example
- Instead of waiting for approval, assume that you will eventually get approval
- Work as a team with similar goals and thoughts (this does not mean clones)
- Form a vision for yourself and sell it if it applies to others
Okay, that was a bit hokey. The point is that I have been struggling with changing things for years. I really do miss how easy change was during the early days of Citrix but I must accept that we are a much larger boat now and that I have to work with how that boat moves instead of trying to force the boat in the direction that I want it to go.
The point of this particular blog is to state that I’m looking for another way to bring about change within Citrix. I am going to assume that you have opinions about changing Citrix as well.
Why not take a chance and voice what you’d like to see change for the company?
What is your message?