The inner circle is killing organizations.
The inner circle is not necessarily a group of people as we typically think of it, although it often does manifest as leaders of a certain level in an organization. It is more the idea that information and power must live at the top of the organization, and has to be hoarded, protected and carefully distributed.
In a pretty complex world, we’re often looking to simplify in small ways: organize the apps on our phone, consolidate our accounts, or pick up the phone instead of sending a long email.
To focus on the small stuff is to simplify everyday behaviors that can over-complicate life. Everything can be broken down to a smaller form, and the small stuff is much easier to tackle than the big stuff.
Think about the last time you made a big plan in your personal or professional life. Perhaps it was a new year’s resolution, a 3-year strategic plan or a big trip.
Most people want to be known for something. When you’re a leader or a manager, you have broader visibility in the organization, and so you want that “thing” to be a good one. You want to be beloved and respected by your team.
“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”