The circuit breaker is an absolutely essential device in the modern world, and one of the most important safety mechanisms in your home. Whenever electrical wiring in a building has too much current flowing through it, these simple machines cut the power until somebody can fix the problem.
Without circuit breakers (or the alternative, fuses), household electricity would be impractical because of the potential for fires and other mayhem resulting from simple wiring problems and equipment failures.
The circuit breaker is an incredibly simple solution to a potentially deadly problem.
Just like the circuit breaker there is an incredibly simple solution to the potential “deadly” problem we see everyday in the workplace. The problem that we have created by continuing to use an outdated approach to management; and one that is creating mayhem within workplaces across the globe.
The acceptance of a 100 Year Old Management style that is overloading employees and not allowing them to cut the power in order to create a safer environment. That is the “power” of the old management regime.
So; what is the simple circuit breaker?
Yes that’s it, and yes it is simple because it is what makes us the species we are.
Unfortunately it is not that common in most workplaces that are full of old style managers who are creating daily overloads through management practices such as failure is terminal, authority must not be challenged, work defines you, speak when asked and constant distress which all ensures focus on the task at hand rather than developing for future requirements.
These managers and their old management practices are causing the circuit breakers (employees) to be rendered useless by continually “surging” at their next “brilliant idea” (usually designed to keep them safe) as never giving the opportunity for them to do the work that is more valuable and prevent mayhem such as experimenting, challenging, developing, learning, reflecting and innovating. All the things that make us human.
And so the “house” burns down usually resulting in fear, high attrition and levels of engagement that ensure results continue to remain stagnant or decline.
The new way is to allow the circuit breakers an opportunity to carry out the work that is going to prevent the house from burning down, and over time create an asset that is valuable and can change the Corporate DNA to one that is safer for all.
Are you a Manager who values the Circuit Breaker or an Overloader who is Burning Down The House?
Mark LeBusque is the Human Manager. He has a track record in helping clients add more Human to their businesses and drive up Employee Engagement, Customer Experience and Business Results; and his 7 Step approach is based on his own experimentation as a Manager.
Mark’s first book BEING HUMAN – Why Robots are not the Answer to Business Success was launched in February 2017. For Orders click below