As a leader you are striving to break down silos and foster an environment of open and honest communication. An important element of that is for your people to be opened minded. The only way to solve problems and move forward is if everyone is working together to improve the organization. When you have people on your staff with closed minds the road to improvement is long and bleak.
If you identify people who always seem to create chaos it is usually to cover up their inefficiencies. Their ability to create chaos in an attempt to make themselves look more important will slow down the process of getting the problem solved. When you think back to different points in time where innovation and initiative were running high, you will also see those involved were open-minded.
You need people who can see beyond the obvious and who attack the problem frankly and swiftly. These are open-minded people and since they are able to deal with the issues quickly they are able to get back to driving growth and innovation which leads to improved organizational health. This is quite the opposite of closed-minded people who always seem make problems more about them and less about the opportunity that could develop from the problem. They can also drag the problem out diverting everyone from doing the things that will truly move the organization forward.
If you are facing a problem to solve now, or the next time you are faced with one, observe the actions of those around you. If you identify a closed-minded person, coach them up or coach them out.
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