Thursday, 29 May 2008

First break all the rules ....

Many L&D colleagues will recognise 'First break all the rules' as the attention grabbing title of the 'Gallup Engagement Survey' book by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman.

NB: for a great little summary of the book - click here

Carl French writing in the May/June 2008 HCM magazine, provides an interesting analogy related to this concept.

His article: 'Stay over the speed limit', he writes:

"It appears that most motorway drivers exceed the speed limit by the amount by which they think they can get away with, while at the same time doing their own assessment of the potential risks and benefits or penalties.

High flyers see to generalise this kind of thinking in the way they conduct themselves under 'house rules' ...... This maverick-like mentality can help them get ahead of the game and also outmanoeuvre those who work within the rules......."