HR Dictionary: "Sheeple"

This one's easy.  Today's word is "Sheeple", here's the entry from Urban Dictionary, I think it fits:

Sheeple (ryhmes with and used as a replacement for "people") - People unable to think for themselves. Followers. Lemmings. Those with no cognitive ablilities of their own. Sheeple

Example - All the teens were wearing bell-bottoms because they were sheeple.

I hadn't heard this used until I caught it in the Showtime series House of Lies (recommended), used by Consulting shop owner Marty Kahn (played by Don Cheadle) as he talked to a founder of a company.  Here's how it went:

Are you kidding me, Robert? F***ing sheeple? Come on - Americans, f***ing Everywhere-icans -  They're gonna go for the lowest common denominator every time.  You know that.

Why do you need it in your HR Dictionary?  Because you make hundreds of decisions a year that are based on how people are going to react as a group.  And people are generally of a pack mentality, and they usually go for the lowest common denominator.

Want them to not go for the lowest common denominator?  You better do something different as an HR leader.

 

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