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« Reply #10: May 14, 2007, 03:46:33 pm »

This is an honest question and is not meant to be antagonistic, but how can we be sure that we're nudging authority in a positive way?  By this I mean that some people can question authority and rules in a way that brings positive change; others question the status quo in a way that brings division and actually hurts the organization's mission. 

How can one be sure where the line is between leader and trouble-maker?

Not antagonistic at all!  In fact, that is a VERY good question!  Here's how I see it:

Structures are built upon foundations, then things are added to the structure making it taller, rising up and up.  Nudging authority rattles the structure, gives things a little shake.  If the foundation the structure is built upon is sturdy and strong, the structure will survive.  Maybe a piece may fall off here or there, but the structure stays strong.  This is a good thing, and is validation for those invested in the structure.

If the foundation the structure sits on is weak, or doesn't exist at all, then the structure will collapse.  This is also a good thing, although the result may seem violent or even possibly unnecessary.  With the structure collapsed, it allows those invested in the structure to rebuild, this time creating a strong and sturdy foundation taken from lessons learned the first time around.  The structure can be rebuilt, bigger, better, stronger, and when the next rattle comes, the structure will remain.

Departments, teams, corporations, organizations, etc, should not be treated with kid gloves for fear of rattling the structure and causing the whole thing to collapse.  Doing so will only prolong the inevitable, and sometimes its best to collapse and restructure early on, than wait until it happens when it is more costly and adversely affects innocent bystanders.

Also, when the rattle comes from the inside, by one of the departments' own people, it also allows the department to mitigate the damage so everything is transparent to the customer or stakeholders.  The structural damage can be handled quietly and internally, which is infintely better than a public fallout in front of the customer.

I am reminded of a class exercise where everybody was given a stack of printer paper (recycled), and our task was to - in groups - create a structure out of this paper.  The goal was to create the tallest paper structure we could; however, each structure was tested by dropping a folded dollar bill on top.  If the paper structure remained standing, it was measured, and a winner was declared.

The tallest structure, visually, collapsed over quickly when the dollar bill was dropped.  Other structures remained standing.  One structure, while not the tallest, it was certainly in the top three, was strong enough to remain standing even when a hard-cover textbook was placed on top.  (That was my group's attempt. *flex* TECH GEEKS ROCK!)  We were confident in our structure because with each new level we created, we tested the structural integrity before creating the next.  We could have added to the structure indefinitely, given additional time.

That is the role of the departmental troublemaker -- to test the structure.  Of course, part of the structure's damage mitigation plan may be to fire the troublemaker, that is a risk we take when we challenge the status quo. 
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