That’s How We’ve Always Done It…

by Paul Marrero 14. October 2014 16:19

In just about every organization I’ve worked at, or consulted with, I tend to hear this phrase when I ask the question “Why is it done this way?”

“Well, that’s how we’ve always done it!”

When I hear that, I cringe. It is a mindset that is detrimental to the organization. This mentality tends to be wasteful, and in the long run, expensive. I have seen people fired over this because as change was coming, they fought, obstructed it or was a willing non-participant.

In order for an organization to be successful, employees, and management, need to embrace change. Not only embrace it, but improve on it. I once heard a phrase, “If you want to soar with the eagles, don’t hang around turkeys.” When I hear, “That’s How We’ve Always Done It,” I think of the turkeys. Everyone needs to be empowered to be a force in change within an organization. 

Is it the culture of the company? Could these employees conform to change and continuous improvement? Or should they be terminated?

Send me your comments and questions.


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