You’ve likely experienced them.

You might be dealing with one or more of them right now.

You might even…be one (gasp).

What’s a “box checker”?

We’ve been given an extreme case of ‘box checking’ (and its consequences) through a VERY well-known 2,000-year-old story.

The story is about a guy washing his hands…

He had done what he thought necessary to appease. His obligation was complete; his decision delegated. While he hoped things would ‘work out’, he felt absolved of further responsibility.

As ensuing days plodded onward, it became obvious he was dramatically mistaken…

In our times, and within our organizations, the consequences of ‘box checking’ are hardly likely to carry such monumental repercussions as the fateful hand washing.

However, consequences can be just as extreme for the 5-year old son of a worker electrocuted because his company “checked the box” on safety, a 62-year old grandmother, terminally infected in a hospital [ultimately] because of short staffing, or an oil rig crew whose senior and mid-level leaders checked the boxes on…lots of things.

Unfortunately, many still seem willing to do the minimum- to have a show of ‘good faith’ when pushed by regulators or clients; to dispatch ‘quick fixes’ to long-term truly important issues.

Check the box, and move on.

The truth?

The short-term and long-term consequences of the choices we make are typically different, and often…opposite

​I’d love to hear your perspectives on ‘box checkers’.  Please join the conversation below…

Until next time,


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