No, I’m not talking about that election, although the end result is the same regardless of what type of “vote” we’re talking about. People get angry and start tossing blame for anything that happens. Possibly the same level of manipulation involved, as well, but I’m talking about which ERP system you voted for when your company selected a new platform.
Regardless of whether you got your way or not, whether you even got a vote, or the votes were rigged, stop whining and deal with it. It is very rare that everyone in an organization will agree on a particular solution, ever. There are biases across functional areas, biases across executive teams, personal biases around existing platforms and biases against making any sort of change at all.
This is what we deal with on a daily basis when helping organizations through a technology transformation and is a key task with organizational change management efforts. Gathering opinions, evaluating and discussing options is critical, but once the ship is heading in a particular direction it’s time to get on board. Everyone needs to grab a paddle and help row, otherwise nobody is going anywhere.
Here are a few steps to help with this:
Think where a country would be if everyone stopped complaining after an election and helped in any way they could. Sometimes things don’t go as we had hoped or expected, but the positive momentum of a team of people coming together for a greater good can negate almost any bad decision.