If you were asked this question, ‘There are five horses and one donkey on the race track; who would you think will win?’ your answer will most likely be, ‘One of the horses!’
Of course, the best horse is likely to win.
But it’s the donkey that wins. See what happens.
Before the race begins, at the start line, the donkey looks to the horse on his left and swiftly delivers a kick to the legs, unnoticed. He then does the same to the horse on his right.
Two contestants handicapped.
Next, as the starter gun is about to go off the donkey lunges forward and gets ahead;
he starts to weave left and right, confusing the horses and not letting anyone to pass him.
He’s not done yet. The donkey reaches the first bend and then suddenly turns and runs off in the opposite direction, off track! All the horses – with their blinkers on – follow the donkey. And when everyone is off track, the donkey returns to the race track and finishes the race at his own pace, making sure that he timed faster than last year. There is cheering in stands and his owners are delighted! The donkey is duly rewarded for his performance.
At least one in five (I would wish, ten) at the workplace, shows this donkey-like attitude. Kicking when you least expect, planting untruths or rumours about people which can hit them so hard that it affects their productivity. And not sticking with the norms or staying on track but following a haphazard and confusing pattern at work, upsetting everyone else’s rhythm as well. But here is the most disastrous action – taking everyone off track! Usually, you will hear such an individual say, ‘I know. Do as I say, haven’t I been long enough in the system to know better?’
And that’s your tip for spotting the disruptor at work.