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Leaders, Followers, Standers

Everybody knows what leaders and followers are, but what about “standers“? A stander is not a slacker. It’s a capable person who is content to stay within his/her comfort zone doing the same thing over and over again.

BD00 thinks that all people are capable and they innately want to “move” forward either as a leader or a follower. It’s a social system’s culture that molds “standers” out of capable people.

In cultures where mistakes of commission are penalized and mistakes of omission go undetected and unacknowledged, the optimum strategy, courtesy of Russell Ackoff, is simply to do as little as needed to elude ex-communication. It’s stagnation city with a burgeoning population of standers; sad for the people and sad for the org.

  1. aawwa
    November 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Yep – been there, done that 🙂

  2. Baby Ruth
    November 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    If they “get out of the way”, who cares? You know the old adage, “lead, follow or get out of the way!” If standers get in the way, then they must be dealt with — and no I haven’t a clue how to do that.

    • November 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

      They’re not slackers, they’re standers. Slackers don’t contribute, but standers do. You want to jettison slackers, but not standers. You need some standers, but not a whole company of them – especially standers posing as leaders.

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