Friday’s Change Reflection Quote - Leadership of Change - Those Involved in Change Cannot Turn a Blind Eye


Happy Friday!

On this day, December 2, 2001, the Enron Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history. Enron was an energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, and was formed in 1985 as a result of the merger of two gas companies, Houston Natural Gas and InterNorth. Enron rose as high as number seven on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 U.S. companies. In 2000, they employed 21,000 people and posted revenues of $111 billion. Unfortunately, over the next year, Enron’s stock price dropped dramatically from $90.75 in August 2000 to $0.26 by the time it closed on November 30, 2001. Enron's CEOs ended up in court, charged with fraud and insider trading. Thousands of employees lost their pensions in the fallout.

You have to ask yourself how many people knew things were not right and turned a blind eye? The expression ‘turning a blind eye’ supposedly comes from the siege of Copenhagen (1801), in which Lord Horatio Nelson was second in command of the English fleet. He was ordered to withdraw, but he lifted his telescope up to his blind eye, saying, “I have a right to be blind sometimes. I really do not see the signal.” Those Involved in Change Cannot Turn a Blind Eye.

“Those involved in change cannot afford the luxury of turning a blind eye to activities that will prevent successful implementation or behaviour that is counterproductive”

Turning a blind happens every day in work, when leaders of an organisation know that one of their own is a narcissist, but they fail to intervene. Staff will feel like they will not be supported if they raise a complaint and so they suffer in silence. Even when staff experience a fellow team member in distress, they turn a blind eye and are happy it is not them. Worse still, some staff will see an opportunity to suck up to the bully because they see potential benefits. Unfortunately, those truly involved in change cannot have the luxury of turning a blind eye to activities that will prevent successful change implementation, or behaviour that is counterproductive. The only thing necessary for organisational change to fail are leaders and managers who do not intervene to reinforce change.

Have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love and care for, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat drink and be happy.

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Peter consults, speaks, and writes on the Leadership of Change®. He advises CEOs on how to prepare and align their corporate leadership teams to successfully lead their organisation's change.

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By Peter F Gallagher

Keywords: Business Strategy, Change Management

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