We have been contemplating on the ways we have seen employees respond to the consequences of a decision and the imminent resulting risk. We have noted these responses and know that there are at least two categories of response, Road Sign or Ambulance.
Road sign people, focus upon moving the organization to a better place by “heading off” the consequences of a poor or errant decision. They are more circumspect. Road sign people believe the company wastes money, and place the organization at unnecessary risk by taking a direction that has low probability of success. Road sign people would rather see a better decision be made and avoid as many of the problems or risks associated with a poor decision altogether. They see the waste in time, money, and material to take a poor course of action and believe it is better to solve the problem before there is a problem. They expend considerable energy trying to evoke the best … Continue reading