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A thought provoking blog by Adi Gaskell @AdiGaskell about the relationship between the workplace radical and their workplace environment and culture. Research findings indicate that despite our inner ambition to be ‘free’ and unincumbered by corporate restraints, we are actually quite happy to succumb to hierarchy and all that goes with it providing it is a fair and equitable one.

I think that many of those who identify with being a rebel, radical or change activist have strong intrinsic motivations to challenge and disrupt due to a strong cognitive dissonance between their personal values and the behaviours, attitudes and values they see at play in their organisations. Quietly and passively ‘toeing the line’ is not an option, whether it is a long-term, chronic case of bureaucracy for the sake of bureaucracy or a more acute and urgent situation necessitating escalation through whistleblowing.

Adi goes on to discuss the difficulties and barriers that a workplace radical may experience, and how, the choice to ‘cross the line’ or ‘move to the edge’ may bring with it criticism, ridicule, loss of popularity and stereotype as a ‘trouble maker’. Most health and care radicals can asociate with these responses and experiences to a greater or lesser extent, and this is where the emergent community from The Edge is so valuable to provide these individuals with much needed peer support and encouragement.

The good news is that courage can be learned, networks and communities can be established and leadership, systems and organisation can be transformed. It is a matter of individual choice, but within the context of a wider community such as The Edge, it might not feel such a lonely or scary place.

For your reflection…

Tell us about your experience and journey of becoming a health and care change activist, rebel or radical.

* What was the critical ‘tipping-point’ that made you realise that you were no longer happy with the status quo?

* What did you do?

* How did it feel?

* Did you encounter resistence or skepticism?

* How did you overcome it?

* Do you really want to be a radical?

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