How Do I Deal With My $%*! Organization?

It is one of the questions I get most often… How do I deal with my crappy organization? I like my work but I don’t like what management is doing. How do I deal with it?

Well, that’s easy…

Option 1: Learn about change management. Most people are terrible at influencing other people and changing organizations. If you’re serious about it you can learn how to be a better change agent.

Option 2: Ignore the environment. If you don’t want to learn how to change organizations, then stop complaining about what’s bad. Accept that the organization is what it is, and enjoy the good parts of your work.

Option 3: Quit your job. The only reason there are bad organizations is that people don’t quit their jobs. Do the world a favor and find a better place to work. Help bad organizations out of their misery by not working for them.

It’s your choice.

(photo: blathlean)

(Jurgen Appelo is author of Management 3.0, a best-selling management book for Agile developers. It has a picture of a monster in it.)

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  • Olaf Lewitz

    So simple. Thanks!

  • Glen B. Alleman

    One of the best pieces on change and management of change…

  • Joel Oosthuizen

    Or massage the environment in order to change people’s mind sets. The results they see in software delivery and team cohesion is enough to make those monsters change their minds. And if all else fails, quit!

  • Frank Klosek

    Simplicity @ its best !

  • John Mereness

    So, who out there wants something better for their company ? My expereince is that a lot of people say they do, but then fall into traps, including being overwhelmed in an environment of no and naysayers (and these people seem part of every business and keep the status quo going, but they equally tend to zap the spark out of a business when not properly channeled). I want to work for/with someone to get a handle on their business and really make it tick. Find me via LinkedIn.

  • @solingen

    If you have time to wine and complain about your organization that proves you have enough time available to do something about it!!

  • Andrea Heck

    Jurgen, this is exactly true. And the best to tell to everybody who is complaining all day about his or her work environment.
    Actually, I have found that you can change lots of things, and I still keep trying whether I can change even more.
    So far, only positive impact on my life and on the environment 🙂

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