How to Manage Insidious Insubordination?

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Helen Strong
Business Consultant, South Africa
Insubordination is the act or behavior of refusing to obey orders from a person in a position of authority (power). Insidious insubordination is the malignant, malicious, vicious, malign, nasty, evil form of it. How would you deal with a subordinate who is trying to destroy you as a manager, while you do not have the full and open support of top management? Insubordination is typically hidden and definitely not clearly visible. But it's totally destructive to the business and to the manager who is being targeted. But the damaging outcomes are not immediately apparent until problems arise and reconciliation attempts are made. I am observing following real-life situation. A female manager is responsible for the management information system in a male-dominated freight organization with 2 sites where the movement of goods is captured into the software and then the organization knows the volume and type of goods passing through its portals. It can let clients know (real-time) (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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