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Why It’s So Important to Stop Telling People to Stay in Their Lane

Whenever a particular bit of business jargon comes up multiple times in the same week from different clients, I always wonder what ripples are moving through the corporate zeitgeist!

Are you hearing about people being asked to “stay in their lane”? One conflict-averse vice president described herself as staying in her lane to avoid creating conflict or appearing to be a threat to her colleagues. A second vice president, in a very different organization, was shocked when her boss told her to stay in her lane after he asked for her advice to help make joint projects work better, because he was concerned that her candid comments would distress her colleagues.

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