“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.”
Are titles the Star-Belly Sneetches of your organization?
Titles are stupid. Most leaders realize that titles are dumb, but we need them to operate in the business. How else would you get introduced at presentations or conferences if you didn’t have some sort of random title?
What frightens me is when the leadership of an organization takes titles SERIOUSLY. They judge the quality and creativity of the work not based on the product but the title of the employee. Projects are assigned not based on who is BEST qualified to do the work but who has the most senior title.
So what happens when the Star-belly Sneetches run the place and the Sneetches with no stars on thars get ignored?
The beauty of hiring new people is that they bring new ideas and life into an organization! The new person has a fresh perspective and other life experiences that benefit the organization. After all, that’s WHY the manager hired the new guy! However if a leader only surrounds him/herself with the old guard and values their ideas above all others, they only get their own opinion reinforced. New ideas are forced out and bad decision get made.
Do you know what happened to the Sneetches? The regular Sneetches HATED the Star-belly Sneetches. The same thing happens when the senior level members of a team are treated like gods while everyone else is sub-par. Nothing ruins morale on a team like one group despising each other. But it sure can make team meetings fun!
That’s right those Sneetches pack up their cubicle and find a job at a competitor who will listen to their ideas. There is nothing worse for any relationship when you don’t feel listened to or when opinions are not valued. People break up long term relationships for the same reasons. If the manager is a Star-belly lover, then expect to get dumped by the new employee soon.
Titles don’t matter. Seniority doesn’t matter.
Experience matters. Creativity matters.