Do you know a Derailer? I’m not talking about the gear on your road bike that helps you move more easily up a hill or leverage your downward momentum on the backside of said hill. A Derailer is the person who inevitably only contributes when something is broke or why it will not work.
A Derailer makes themselves known by taking a solutions oriented discussion down the dark path of unproductive. When a Derailer is in the open they pepper managers, coworkers and their team with seeds of doubt. We all know a Derailer and we have all had to navigate the icy waters around the more influential of this archaic leadership style.
In today’s market start ups are toiling to steal legacy dollars from traditional companies, and leaders are in a fierce competition to gain or maintain marketshare. The winners of today’s competition will be people with solutions. This can be anyone–the individual contributor, the leader, even the customer.
This presents an opportunity for anyone in an organization to elevate themselves to stardom. Solution oriented team members, we salute you. Thank you for overshadowing the Derailer. They will eventually find their place on the sidelines as the people with solutions carry their team to victory.