Post Incarceration Syndrome

by - m on 07/18/2012

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”.

Reward initiative.

Promote risk.

Applaud dissent.

Better to be uncomfortable now…

than irrelevant later.

- m

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