Wall of Shields

When Vikings were in battle and felt threatened they would stand together and raise their shields forming a defensive wall. The wall helped shut down further attacks and provided a measure of protection. 

Framing Is Important

It wasn’t difficult for the Vikings to understand exactly what was happening to them. Their kill-or-be-killed existence provided a high degree of clarity. Attacks were often unpredictable, violent, and hurt many innocent people.

The response was often just as brutal and clear in purpose. Those that had been hurt felt the need for revenge. This is how they framed their world. 

The Vikings Are Dead and Gone

Imagine if the world of work today had such bizarre attributes. Unwarranted attacks, defensive maneuvers, revenge, and people being hurt as part of that chaos. That would be ridiculous!

Oh…wait. Um, just a second. What just happened?

Perhaps the Vikings are alive and well after all. 
Leaders Are Not Viking Kings

I firmly believe that 95% of all problems in the workplace are due to leadership. If my very unscientific theory is even remotely accurate, we must accept that modern day attacks that take place at work, and the defensiveness that arises as a response among employees is a reality.

Am I off base? You tell me. Have you seen the attack/defensive dynamic in your workplace? What happens when something difficult occurs? Does the team come together and support each other; or, do emotions run rampant and the ability to lead effectively is trumped by a series of well intended but frantic actions that completely miss the point?

How About You
Is building trust and loyalty in your organization a priority? It’s much easier to make that happen when things are going well. We don’t have to do much leading in good times. But when the attacks come and the wall of shields goes up, do you stop managing and start leading?

I’d love to hear from you.

No Excuses.