Ineffectiveness isn't bad, evil or cancerous. Ineffectiveness is someone not yet willing to confront change. Change for themselves or change for others.
Fear holds us back from looking within at the change we are truly seeking.
When you are confronted by ineffectiveness - you are actually being confronted by fear.
Ineffectiveness might look like this: mystification, keeping things complex, never delivering something of value, getting to the edge of delivery and things magically falling through (every time), constantly increasing anxiety and fear.
We don't need to sideline, bitch and marginalise these people (although it might feel good) we need to inspire these people to change. They may not and that's OK too, but we might just contribute to a small part of their change process.
Look out for the person in the room with no clear ownership, no key deliverables and a knack for making things more complex.
We have to consistently remind ourselves that ineffective people have strengths. They are just not allowing themselves to work within those strengths at this point in time - their genius is hidden by fear. They are changing moment by moment just as we all are.
How can we inspire change here? One approach is to help the person or group of people to become aware of their ineffectiveness.
We can use a wedge. A wedge of delivery or non-delivery, simplification or complication or being fearful or present.
- Define a realistic key deliverable: meeting, document or project element
- Give it a due date (this must be stuck to)
- Have regular touch points to gauge progress and to elevate its importance
- Watch if the deliverable is delivered!
This will sort itself out. The ineffective person finally has a mirror to see the change they are seeking. Leaving your organisation, doing other work or leaning in and becoming aware of what effectiveness means for your business.
Ineffectiveness is just fear, fear of changing and tapping into what could be possible if we fully live out our strengths.