Years ago, I sat in a senior leadership team meeting for a briefing on the introduction of a ‘Talent Management’ program into the business. The first forty minutes was spent trying to work out a name better than ‘Talent Management’ because someone might get offended if they do not get selected into the program.
To me, it was political correctness. It’s collectivism. Competition is bad. Everyone is a winner. Everyone must be included and treated the same. By singling out talented people others were excluded. Individual responsibility and accountability diminished. The drive to compete and succeed in a tough business environment and the motivation to be recognised for achievement and superior performance was lost.
Transformations have little room for political correctness. People need genuine feedback. The business needs to be told why they need to transform. For the C Suite, you will be defined by your deeds and your actions, not your words. If you need to filter information to ensure no one is offended, that will slow down information processing, waters down communication, strips our critical data, and dilutes meaning. As a result, it undermines genuine understanding and effective decision-making. It stalls transformation effort.
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