Old ways worked in old times: New ways, new methods, new ideas are crucial to staying competitive
Recently, when planning a corporate team building event with a client, I was given some very fascinating information.
Her work group was made up of team members who’d been on the team for 20+ years…and newer team members who’d been on` the team for 3-5 years.
While everyone worked well together (for the most part) … she was concerned that the longer legged team members were a bit reluctant to change. They were not overly interested in listening to the new ideas, from the newer team members.
This was a problem. While the “old ways” worked in “old times” and while some (or even all of the “old ways”) still worked in current times…new ways, new methods, new ideas were (and are) crucial to growth and adaptation.
We work in a fast-paced world. Things are happening and change at a lightening pace. Saying, and believing “That’s the way we’ve always done it” might not hurt you today…BUT…it just might kill you tomorrow. Especially with competitors who adapt quicker than you do.
Now, I am not saying get rid of the old ways and methods. If it’s still working, run with it. BUT, it’s your job as a manager, owner or CEO to watch, listen and be ready to move.
It’s impossible to grow (or even stay alive) without adaptation and new ideas.
Listening to someone new to your team…investigating new ideas…giving serious time and consideration to input from even the youngest or least experienced team members has merit!
We live in an era that is faster than ever. Customers have more options. Most of us have more competitors. So be restless. Keep Looking…Keep Listening…Keep Experimenting…Keep Adapting! IT’S FUN!!!
- BE GREAT! JUST BEING GOOD, KILLS GREATNESS!
- MAKE IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO DO, AND KEEP DOING BUSINESS WITH YOU!
- LOOK UP…AND SURPRISE SOMEONE!
Spencer Rubin is a sales/marketing expert and a passionate advocate for the success of small, local business owners. To sign up for Spencer’s weekly Catalyst Newsletter, contact 971-732-4745.
“Don’t give up, don’t EVER give up” ~Coach Jim Valvano