5 things I have actually been told off for that could only happen in a command and control organisation.
- Saying “I don’t know“
- Asking “What’s the purpose of this report I am writing?“
- Saying “I don’t understand“
- Sending around the team an article on how to use a statistical tool. I was told “This is not a university“.
Coming to work in a togaHaving a small pile of books on the corner of my desk about my line of work.
These aren’t the only ones, but the things that reoccur most, or the most easily. To be clear, the things above were not done to get a reaction.
I’m not some kind of corporate rebel on purpose.
If I had been trying to get a rise out of someone deliberately, I would have been as much a slave to the thinking as if I had gone along with it unthinkingly.
“Never give anyone the power to make you submit or rebel.”
That’s a brilliant phrase I came across this week from a video about Non-violent Communication.
I take it to mean that both responses are equally instinctual reactions to a system of compliance.
The perceived rebelling has a common thread of trying to get more knowledge by asking questions, and this prompting an angry or annoyed response as it interferes with the execution of a task.
As a response it perfectly locks people into a cycle of strictly single-loop learning as questions, thinking or reflection are seen and labelled as a form of immature cheek or negativity.
I think the most dangerous person in a command and control organisation is a manager with a reputation for getting things done.
These are the ones who view work like a combine harvester views a field of corn, if anyone stands in their way they’ll be mown down.