A CEO friend recently told me that he asked three people to leave his company over the last few months. After they were terminated, there was a marked improvement in the overall morale and attitude of the other employees.
I had met these people in the past. Of the three, two were rats and one was a snake. Rats and snakes can wreak havoc with your culture and your strategy.
Introducing The Creatures…
Corporate rats are different from corporate snakes; however, both can be found in all levels of any organization, from significant investors to the rank and file employees.
Rats are Enablers. Even though you may see one or two at a time, there are usually multiple rats living together, many hidden from sight, gnawing and chewing on your culture day in and day out. If your company has rats, the situation has reached a stage where extermination can be difficult, but not impossible. Rats have a direct or indirect role in maintaining the status quo. If you are a change agent and are struggling to make your changes stick, perhaps your rat(s) are the ones resisting or blocking your efforts. Maybe they perceive you to be an intruder; the ‘locals’ don’t fancy having outsiders mess around with their culture.