Insubordination @ Work

Many of us lead initiatives, verticals and organizations where we deliver products or services as a team with inputs from a team comprising multiple skill sets. At times, some of us would have faced a situation where a person gets into the act of wilfully disobeying. This is what is technically called Insubordination.

Having defined Insubordination let us be clear that refusing to perform an action that is unethical or illegal is not insubordination; neither is refusing to perform an action that is not within the scope of authority of the person issuing the order or within the scope of work of the person asked to do the job. Continue reading “Insubordination @ Work”

Why Managers don’t say “ I do not know… please help me!”?


Ok… now I am confident I qualify to write this post given my experiences as Manager!




While at work as Manager, I have been fortunate to head a department (at some point), work with responsible colleagues and report to senior-management and mix-match of all of these. Through the years, I have – time and again – come across situations where many managers are afraid to utter sentences like "I don't know," "Would you help me?" or "I'm not sure I get it." Somehow, the central believe in failing to admit when one makes a mistake or lacks knowledge is that acceptance will make one less effective. Continue reading “Why Managers don’t say “ I do not know… please help me!”?”