This is a tough situation and a lot of it depends on your comfort level for bringing these issues up. If done well, leaders sometimes fall in line and start to be more supportive. If not done well, you become the negative employee that they want to avoid. I tend to have these crucial conversations with leaders by scheduling a program review. We discuss pluses and minuses, and strengths and weaknesses about the program. Sometimes, they are the ones that bring the issue to light! Then, they decide what to do about it.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. For almost 20 years, she's helped leading organizations like Washington State, Cisco and GE build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.