Squeaky Wheels: Troublemakers or Drivers of Change?

"The squeaky wheel doesn't always get greased; sometimes it gets replaced." -- John Peers, American humor writer. We've all heard the old adage that goes, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." It seems to make imminent sense: he who makes the most noise gets the most attention. This works well when it comes to customer service, which is why the bravest among us have long made our voices heard when it comes to getting special deals and better treatment. You've probably seen squeaky wheels in action in the workplace, too. Often, those willing to step forward and ask for what they want—or simply to complain—get the lion's share of attention from the leadership. Indeed, no organization can grow without innovators willing to ask for what they need and stand up for what they believe in. As a lea … [Read more...]