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April 26, 2006


Len McGrane

Exactly! I see this all the time in corporate teambuilding weekends. People come, they enjoy themselves, they learn heaps, they go back, for a short time the office effectiveness improves ... and then Penelope slyly begins to unravel all the good work! Actually, I guess the key to any program of change (like team building) is to do whatever is necessary to get a deep-down change of values in the people in the middle of the change.


I remember a time when somebody on the team was very negative and everything we did to keep the team spirit up, he would unravel. It took us quite some time to discover what was happening. At the time we took him off the team but maybe in hindsight I should have found out what was bothering him and tried to correct it. We sometimes dismiss the Penelopes but you know Ulysses was actually alive. Things are never as simple as they appear or as complex as they seem.

Graham Boundy

I think the right move is to take the "penelopes" off the team rather than try to figure out what is making them want to unravel the process. I've been in too many working sessions where everyone nods there heads in agreement and then leaves the room mumbling under their breath and shaking their heads. By the time they are back at their desks they're actively unravelling the whole process. This type of passive-aggressive behaviour creates a disfunctional organization. When this happens too frequently it's time to clean house.

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