why do some people who have the power to effect change eschew the opportunity? it seems to me that some would consider the ability to make decisions that matter some sort of burden that they fear exercising. i realize that it is infinitely easier fall in step, not make waves, etc. i’m sure it’s me. when i recognize that one path is easy and other not-so-much i usually consider the not-so-much option a bit more because there is probably a reason why things are easy. seth godin talks about the lizard brain lots in his book linchpin which became a quick favorite of mine. godin talks about how it is so easy to allow fear to guide our decision making and i think i would add complacency to that as well. it’s just so easy to take a path that doesn’t allow for resistance that so many folks do. after all, why go through the hassle of something that might be more trouble? if the risk/reward ratio is out of whack, why bother? perhaps the pull to play it safe is like some sort of magnetic pole, while some can’t stand to go the safe route (sometimes to their detriment), others find that no other path than the safe one suits them. maybe what bothers me is that those who have the power to effect some sort of change and choose not to don’t understand the perspective of those who lack that authority. in some ways, people with change-authority may have been in a role for so long that they no longer can see the view from the other side of the table. the irony here is that i don’t covet that authority, i simply expect those who wear that hat to use it wisely.
the curse of authority