Post Incarceration Syndrome

by - m on 07/18/2012



Sometimes a staff becomes institutionalized.

They rely on the boss to tell them what to do and how to do it.

They suffer from Incarceration Syndrome…

They become so used to being told what to do and how to think they become incapable of independent thought.

The regime needn’t be draconian. Any management – even benign management – that prevents employees from offering alternatives runs the risk of creating a group unable to innovate.

The solution is to build trust.

Create a culture that encourages employees to offer their own solutions.

Rather than ‘running-things-up-the-flagpole’…

Reward initiative.

Promote risk.

Applaud dissent.

You can be collaborative now…

or irrelevant later.

– m


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