If you’ve ever watched a centipede move, you’ve noticed how its hundred-plus legs all move in the same direction like a wave. Having one pair of legs per segment of its body, the centipede wouldn’t be able to move forward smoothly if each pair was going in a different direction.
The same is true of your organization. Think of each department as one segment of the centipede’s body, and the legs on each segment as the departments’ employees. Ideally, all of the legs would be moving consistently in-tandem with the others. Sometimes, however, you have a few that get stuck, stopped all together, or worse still, start moving backward.
“Toxic” became a huge buzzword in 2019 to describe people, situations and events that are literally poisonous to ones’ well-being. Can the culture of an organization be toxic to its’ employees? You betcha.