Blogger Carmine Coyete in a blog called Slow Leadership talked about the number 1/9/90. Carmine’s point about this number was that 1% of people do, 9% comment or refine and 90% do nothing. “Maybe just one in 100 people will come up with ideas for change and decide to try to see them implemented…..Maybe between 5% and 9% of people will respond by taking up the idea and looking to see if it has any merit. They will discuss it and add to it, maybe alter it somewhat, and exhibit at least some willingness to see it turned into action…..The remaining 90% will almost certainly do nothing, and outwardly register little or no interest either.”
The point about the 1/9/90 Law is a little deeper than what I have portrayed, so you need to read the entire blog. But it got me to thinking about HR people. Many times I have heard HR people complain about only being reactive. Never being proactive. Yet they seldom do anything about it. I wondered if this fits the 1/9/90 Law profile. One percent of HR will do something proactive, 9 % will applaud it and work with it and 90% will either ignore it or complain about.
What do you think? Click on the link, Slow Leadership, to read the entire blog.