It’s not my job.
I don’t do that.
That’s their responsibility.
We don’t get involved in that.
We tried it once and it didn’t work
We’ve always done it this way.
It’s not in my job description.
Have you seen this culture? One where everything is someone else’s problem, responsibility, accountability, fault. One where people say no before they have understood the question. People who don’t want to help, to change, to do anything different, to try something new? They put a wall up, close their minds, hide away, withdraw.
What causes this attitude? Take your pick:
Or it’s just easier to take this stance.
This kind of thing isn’t usually about any single individual, it’s cultural. It’s embedded within organisations; endemic and pervasive. But it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to play the game. It only takes on person to do something different, to stand up, to challenge the status quo. Culture change start with little things, but little things can change everything.
So if you work in a culture where people say it’ not their job, bury themselves in the past, say no to everything, then you have a choice. Join in and become the same as everyone else, or be the one who is different.
Stand up and be counted. Poke your nose in and put your hand up. Operate outside your traditional boundaries. Get involved. Take the lead. As the saying goes, “be the change you want to see.” And the rest of the organisation might just follow you.