That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It . . .

Good morning colleagues

If I had a nickel for every time I heard this phrase, “That’s the way we’ve always done it,” I would be a seriously rich woman.  *Smiles* The question for us to consider is to understand the culture and context regarding why this phrase is such a commonality.  Why is this argument so prevalent? AND more importantly, why are so many so quick to accept this argument?

The true fear here is change.  People don’t like change and avoid change at all costs.  Leaving things and processes they way they have always been done is simply easy.  Doing what we have always done is familiar, safe, and predictable.  We don’t have to learn anything new, do anything different; we simply let what was continue as is.  The question is should we?

Perhaps this may be a matter of the difference between a management perspective and a leadership perspective.  A manager looks at what is-–the status quo with the intent to preserve AS IS.  A leader, by contrast, is one who looks at what is and asks IF IT SHOULD BE? A leader looks at what is to question whether or not a different way may be more effective.

Thus, a manager is most comfortable with maintaining what is, while a leader looks to the future to question what is to see if it should be.

Are you a manager?  Are you a leader?  Is there a better way than that’s the way we’ve always done it? Let me invite you to consider this question carefully and share your story.

Keep thinking your way to success!

Dr. Cheryl Lentz

Military Special Edition

August 7th, 2015 by admin

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