Recent events have taught me a lot. In simple terms, any rocking of the boat will mostly end in tears. Here’s why:
1. Achieving forward movement or exciting new and effective ways of doing things by circumnavigating official channels will in the short-term get you recognition, as well as actual results. But just round the corner, punishment and ridicule await you. Others will be rewarded while you will not. You will be told you are destructive, and that the overall effect of your work needs to be repaired by more experienced colleagues. What this really means is that your senior colleagues wish to exert their authority, as well as teach you a lesson not to go above their heads ever again.
2. Ideas that entail any vision are great, as long as they are NEVER acted upon independently. If you dare to act out anything that has not been through the usual stupifyingly fossilized procedural processes, you are the enemy, because what you do sheds a bright light on all others ineffectiveness and lack of results.
3. Any success you might have achieved (especially by informal means) in the past is worthless. Success is not what is wanted. It is much more important to be seen as obedient, compliant and ‘part of the team’.
4. Any failure you come up against is secretly or even openly welcomed by all others, as it proves what you do is in fact flawed, and you are at fault.
So, being disruptive in the ways you work, contrary to all the fancy texts you read on the Thought Leader blogs and books, is in fact a fast track to corporate banishment and career cul-de-sac. Face it, you’re now dead in the water and without any future. People will cross the room to avoid talking to you. Get used to it.