The Ostrich strategy: Why ignorance is no excuse

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The Ostrich strategy: Why ignorance is no excuse

OK, so the truth is ostriches don’t actually bury their heads in the sand. It’s a useful analogy however when describing people who face conflict or challenge by denying reality. Reflect for a moment on when you have observed leaders fail to acknowledge, let alone confront the issues staring them in the face. Are there times when you prefer to look the other way, rather than tackles issues head on?

Among the most common ways leaders ‘bury their heads in the sand’ is by failing to recognise when people issues demand their intervention. All too often I observe leaders turning a blind eye to behaviours that undermine the success and wellbeing of other people on the team. Some assume conflicts between staff are simply personality clashes that the individuals need to ‘sort out’.

The reality is, however, that every leader has a lawful and moral obligation to provide a safe work environment. This includes protecting people from not only physical but also psychological harm. Creating an environment in which every member of the team can thrive begins by expecting people to behave with respect toward one another.

It’s essential that leaders observe, form opinions, and take action relating to behaviour. It may seem easier to simply bury your head in the sand and hope people sort their issues out. But the ramifications for those involved and…

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