With bonfire night around the corner, we ask what situations set sparks flying in your workplace?
How do you stop people shooting off like a rocket or deal with someone smouldering away like a volcano?
When someone goes off like a rocket, with emotions exploding, shouting swearing, blaming others – most people around will run for cover!
It may be a difficult conversation but the manager needs to diffuse the situation as quickly as possible. Often when there is this kind of fiery explosion, things have been building up for some time and is the result of not having an outlet to talk through frustrations and tensions. So...
The Smouldering Volcano
This person is the opposite of the rocket – on the surface. Often characterised by surliness, a begrudging attitude and general lack of cooperation, you and others will know something is wrong. But because the inappropriate behaviour is not as loud or “visible” as the Rocket, it is easier to ignore.
The trouble is, a smouldering volcano only needs a spark from somewhere else to turn it into a rocket!
Far better to nip this in the bud...
Often this is all it takes to diffuse a potentially explosive situation.
So this Bonfire Night, enjoy the energy and creative sparks that great teams display, but manage those potentially dangerous fireworks! If you recognise you have a rocket or a smouldering volcano on your team, what will you do to prevent an explosion?
I thrive on seeing people do things they didn’t think they could do! I draw on my management and leadership experience from working in senior positions in the Metropolitan Police Service, running Focal Point since 2002 and working across all three sectors in the widest variety of environments. I am a fellow of the CIPD and when I am not working with clients I can be seen on the golf courses of Hampshire.