Sometimes a staff becomes institutionalized.
They rely on the powers-that-be to tell them what to do
and how to do it.
They suffer from Incarceration Syndrome – the elimination of critical thinking and individual decision making – an internalized acceptance of restrictions on the honest self-expression of opinion.
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 demands that employees offer their own solutions
instead of “running things up the flagpole”.
Better to be uncomfortable now…
than irrelevant later.