I just returned from conducting on-site meetings for a new client. The CEO of this company hired me to help his employees make the transition to a new organizational structure. We’re doing a series of input meetings, SWOT analyses and informational interviews. Something that one of the employees said this morning is really sticking with me—“You know, the fact that Pete (the CEO) is asking for our input is significantly increasing the probability that this new structure will succeed.”
How true. Also true—the fact that so many leaders forget (or perhaps ignore?) this simple act. It costs nothing and potentially pays huge dividends. For years, I’ve counseled leaders that “people will support that which they helped to create”. Yes, you’ll get your naysayers and it does take longer to build consensus. But you’ll also get some grass-root advocates from the get-go, which all the money in the world can’t buy you.
In your experience, why do leaders hesitate to ask for input?