“Get rid of the drama!”
So long have CEOs been advised of this that we don’t even question it.
But what if we did?
Working with 700 CEOs annually in workshops provides a great laboratory to detect common issues and patterns of behavior. This “no drama” advice occurs all too often. When I ask where the research data is on this recommendation, however, the management consultants they hired who gave them this advice couldn’t produce any.
We decided to find out why.
The reason consultants can’t show you research publications to back up their “no drama” guidance is because nothing’s been published to support it.
Out of curiosity, this inspired a new research initiative at our institute to find out why drama is thought to be a bad thing in organizations. What we discovered is shocking.
What has been published supports an entirely different conclusion. Medical research shows that getting rid of drama isn’t necessarily a good thing for humans. In fact, it promotes pathological conditions.
But you already know this.
If you get rid of drama in a human group you create a drama vacuum. What do humans do in a drama vacuum?
If you said, “They create it,” then you’re exactly right, and apparently know more than a lot of management experts. And what they create are all the mini-dramas that frustrate executives so much. You know, the politics, CYA, silos, backstabbing, and other dysfunctional behaviors.
Medical science concludes the opposite of current management theory: Drama-less existence’s are pathological. Why do you think when someone has a drama-less life we send them to hospitals where position-emission-tomography scans show unhealthy brain glucose patterns? And why do we use isolation as a form of human torture?
Medical science is clear, when humans lack drama they become physically ill, and some of them die.
Why would you want to do this to your employees?
To sustain motivation and drive a high performance culture, we recommend you don’t get rid of drama, but create it!
Create a strategic drama. Your drama. In a previous Blog we called this a Compelling Saga: a drama that inspires passion for bonding together and needing each other to achieve a strategic result. Those cultures are unstoppable, and motivational.