Excellent reading from Seth Godin. If we're a lean organization, we don't want a bunch of “Sheepwalkers” hanging around.
Seth defines it as:
I define “sheepwalking” as the outcome of hiring people who have been raised to be obedient and giving them a braindead job and enough fear to keep them in line.
Yesterday, I was talking to managers about implementing standard work and how that shouldn't make robots out of people. There's a strange balance between having to 1) follow standard work and also 2) giving ideas to improve standard work. Sheepwalkers won't do this. Sheepwalkers will just “go along” with things, to the detriment of the organization.