Are you aware of the dreaded HiPPO? 🦛 This is the acronym for Highest Paid Person’s Opinion. Something to watch out for is that when a HiPPO is in play, your organization is most likely not relying on data to inform decision-making.
The HiPPO effect can be dangerous as it can discourage others to voice their opinions for fear of speaking out against the HiPPO’s direction / authority. It can therefore kill creativity, valuable insight and data-driven decisions.
Have you experienced the HiPPO effect, or if you are a HiPPO, how can you encourage others to speak up?
Thank you Sally Beck, an inspiring, high EQ leader who shared this concept with me as an example of effective problem-solving at her hotel.