• So you want to have a positive impact in your organization?
  • You want to help incubate ideas and innovations that really make a difference?
  • You want to influence people to embrace change rather than resist it?
  • You want your own performance to stand out as a model for others to emulate?


Most of us have been in a situation where you know you have the experience and the knowledge to make a difference but your contributions and ideas towards a project or a new venture are not taken seriously or responded to.

It’s beyond frustrating to say the least and especially if “makes-no-sense” arguments and/or ideas are “glorified” by people who do not have the true know-how or required skill.

It makes you feel redundant, beyond hopeless, a nobody and utterly negative. It makes you believe that you are victimized by systems, processes, or other people. Their woe-is-me demeanor seems to feed on itself, stifling creativity and smothering any hint of personal accountability.

The questions start taking control of your life and self doubt take ownership.  You start feeling angry towards everyone and everything. You start feeling in-prisoned by a world filled with mediocrity. You start questioning the ability of the team and the decision makers.

Well the answer or the cure is simple:

  1. You are simply a victim of a shameless and selfish victimized act – get out of that situation as your skills are required elsewhere where you can truly make a difference or
  2.  Let go of any victim stories you may be telling yourself. Confront the reality that your own behavior or constraining paradigms may be part of the problem

We can be prisoners of our thinking or be can be liberated and propelled by our thinking. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist, endured the atrocities of several Nazi concentration camps by redirecting his thinking from the suffering around him to the meaning of his existence. He embodied the truism that although we cannot control our circumstances we can control our response to them.

Compared to Frankl’s situation, the typical challenge most of us face is a mere walk in the park. Avoid behaving like a Saint, Ain’t, or Complaint, and you’ll avoid three of the most common roadblocks to top performance.

Keep on believing in your self and your abilities, never try to change yourself and most of all, never become a prisoner of the worldly “I know it all” brigade. Be a Leader and stand out of the crowd – You are unique and important to the world at large 

By Dirk Janse van Rensburg


Rodger Dean Duncan is the bestselling author of CHANGE-friendly LEADERSHIP: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance. Follow him on Twitter @DoctorDuncan