The Way Things SHOULD be Done
There are way too many organizations in the marketplace that continue to do things because “they’ve always been done that way.” This approach does not allow for innovation or organizational growth. This toxic mindset completely undermines company initiatives to find smarter ways to do business, and cripples what organizations are trying to achieve.
Doing things the same way they’ve always been done is a lazy and mediocre way to approach projects in your company. Being okay with being okay is not the way to make a difference, and it’s not the way to empower your employees and make them feel valued and included. In fact, allowing mediocrity to abide in your company and taking the path of least resistance is doing more harm than it is help.
As a leader, manager, executive, etc., it’s critical for you to help change this mindset in your organization. Your employees will follow your lead. Things like problem solving and a focus on your people should be brought to the front of your business. You need to give your teams the freedom to ask questions and make decisions. You need a proactive employee base, with individuals who can analyze instead of just take orders. Sometimes these decisions will be made without success. Things will fail, and that’s okay. Elon Musk gave a fantastic response when asked about his failures- both at SpaceX and Tesla. His failures were spectacular, too, by the way. He blew up million-dollar rockets, for crying out loud. Musk knows a thing or two about failure, and he had this to say
: “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”
The strength of enabling your employees to fail means they will take chances that will pay huge dividends. With no risk, there is no reward. Creating an environment where your employees aren’t afraid to fail is so important. Making mistakes and learning from them is the best way to grow as an individual. It’s also the best way to get closer to the solutions that will ultimately catapult your organization to the next level.
Companies today exist in a time where employee buy-in matters. Executives simply don’t have the answers. The people who work in the trenches and on the front lines of your business know the best way to tackle the obstacles that pop up and get in the way of desired results. They’re just aren’t enabled to share them with you. Without an administrator leading the charge on moving past what’s always been done and creating a safe interaction with the people with the answers, things will always happen the way they’ve always been done.
At POPin, we’re over the way things have always been done. Let’s move on to the way things SHOULD be done.