Ways to distingish yourself – #59 Avoid passive resistance

Ways to distingish yourself – #59 Avoid passive resistance

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 11 Nov 2005, 7:11 AM – 1 Comment

I have always said that if you want to do something great, work with a

great team. Working with an “A” team has a ton of advantages but there

are some problems too. One problem is that it’s not easy to reach a

consensus sometimes. Each person has an opinion and will have valid

reasons to believe that he or she is right (and the others are wrong)

If things were to be simple, the team

members will discuss the differences and agree upon a course of action

and everyone supports the cause and moves forward. Things would be just


Of course, we all know that it’s not that easy. Some smart people will

say they will support the cause but actually they won’t. The sad part

is that they will practice “passive resistance” meaning they will

manufacture situations that will stall or sabotage the project.

The soul searching question to ask yourself is “Am I committed 100% to

all the projects that I am participating in?” If the answer is “Yes”

then you may not be playing the “passive resistance” game. Good for

you. If not, you may be playing a passive resistance game to some

degree. Now the interesting part – if your leader is bright, this is

not news to that person. He already knows it and he may have accounted

for this time in his “master plan.” What you may not know is that slowly but surely he is losing trust in you.


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Anonymous  on November 15th, 2005

I could not agree more. I have seen this problem a couple of times when working with mostly brilliant individuals..who lack team spirit. I read somewhere that the team should be like a shoal of fish. Remember the scene in Finding Nemo…where the shoal of fish are all speaking with the same voice? That is how I like to think of this.

However, I still have not figured out how to deal with the problem when faced with someone doing this.

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