Path of least resistance

Our superstar didn’t quit because the organization denied him a $3,000 per year pay increase. He quit because the response to his request, in a way, disrespected him. The response distilled down to: If we do it for you, then we have to do it for everyone else in the whole world too! (which is complete nonsense). The irony is that we probably spent $30,000 in missed opportunity costs plus the hard costs of filling the position. We chose to disrespect someone and then spend 10x as much finding their replacement because the organizational culture made this path less expensive than doing the right thing. Unbelievably, it was cheaper to do all of this than to step up and do the uncomfortable leadership thing of challenging the status quo and inflicting change.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on September 19, 2018

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