What is the problem and how I came across it.
I think that the hardest part with writing a reflection is trying to figure out what should be a sort of an ideal or appropriate problem that should be reflected on. Right now I am wondering if talking about something out of the norm would be appropriate, but since taking risks is encouraged in this course, I will take that risk.
I had an interesting conversation with one of the important attendees of a networking event this week about questioning authority and norms. And then I came across an inspirational comment by a celebrity (Emma Watson) this morning, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” With a mind that basically has ‘do not question authority, its disrespectful’ firmly engraved in it, how do I overcome the fear if questioning authority or norms the best way to go?
How can it be done differently?
I have always been encouraged in university courses to not take things as they are, but to critique. Like questioning theorists and lecturers. But being brought up in a culture that encourages respect, norms and authority, this contradicts the advice.
Baghai, Smit and Viguerie talked about how using a microscope and looking at the fine grained view of things will reveal promising opportunities. In my opinion this means that critiquing and looking at the granularity will open opportunities to new ideas that might be more beneficial than the norms or authority. For example, our MikesBikes team have decided to take a risk and do something that was not part of our strategy or plan from the beginning. After looking at the details, we have decided to take over a company, this will not only be beneficial for us but also for the company that will be taken over.
Reflecting on the many opportunities that I could have challenged or question the norms or authority like managers thoughts during meetings at work, I have discovered that my fear is mostly caused by three things: not being heard, being embarrassed, and going against values.
What action should I now take?
After all that analytical and critical thinking, in the future I should not be embarrassed to challenge authority or norms because though I may not be heard or taken seriously at least I took a stand. But for values, asking for the Why behind something is not unethical or immoral but educational.