Here are the steps
Find your square peg. He or she will be the one with the ideas and impatience for change. They may embarrass their managers by asking Why? too many times
Knock the corners off. ‘Encourage’ them to conform. Don’t look at what they achieve, but find fault when they fail to use the right procedures and paperwork. Make them understand that big picture thinking is for people more senior than them.
Hammer them into place. Have disciplinary meetings with them. There’s always something petty that can be built up into a case against them. The tend to be quirkily individuals who may not fit in with their co workers. So one option may be to attack them for a ‘lack of team spirit’. When their morale is broken, they can be squashed into the round hole.
It’s a simple as that.
But these ‘square pegs’ are where new ideas and innovations come from. These are the ‘crazy ones’ that challenge and change because they see no reason why not. They value who they are as creative individuals who see things differently.
They don’t want to be clones, as alike as peas in a tin. They want to be valued, challenged and supported. Edison, Einstein, Steve Jobs, Sir Issac Newton are just some of these different thinkers. There are others here
.These are the people who, like the Bletchly Park code breakers, solve problems through single minded, focused and unusual intelligence
As Einstein said ‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.
These are the people who change the world. Must they be forced into round holes?