Leadership And The Boiling Frog Experiment by Heather Inam at Forbes on 28 August 2013.

This article speaks to the need to speak out when something seems wrong. The analogy used is that of the boiling frog experiment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_frog) and that people won’t speak up if the change is gradual enough. Aside from this anecdote being scientifically incorrect, I can see the point that the author is trying to make:

• If you know something is wrong, do something
• If you’re not sure if something is wrong, talk to someone
• Stand up for what you believe in
• Keep raising the alarm until someone listens
• Learn to communicate after the fact, especially if trust / feelings have been broken

This can be tricky, sometimes change can be so gradual that you may not notice until it’s too late. As leaders, take careful note of the culture amongst your followers. Try to track any deviations from the norm – no matter how gradual. If it continues, take early action to appropriately solve the issue. For those of you with a project management background, this may sound somewhat similar to the process chart during the control phase of Six Sigma (http://www.brighthubpm.com/six-sigma/27134-dmaic-phase-five-the-control-phase/).

Share This