February 1, 2021

The most dangerous words in business are…

Sloth clinging to branch

“The most dangerous words in business are, ‘We’ve always done it this way'” says Darren Murph, the head of remote working for GitLab (Gitlab is a software company with about 1,300 employees, all working remotely).

Think of the businesses you know that have gone out of business because they didn’t adapt to change.

Now look at your business, your employer, or your life, and notice where you are clinging to your old way of doing things despite the wave of change we are facing at the moment.

How do you react to change? Do you embrace it, learn from it, and lean into it? Or do you cling to the past and try to claw your way back to the way things used to be, back to a non-existent ‘old normal’?

We are often blind to our attachment to ‘how we do things’, so ask people around you to suggest changes and see how you react. Do you recoil from suggestions of change, or are you willing to explore them?

Here is a simple graphic on change readiness that you might find useful.

My best wishes, Paul

Paul Matthews

CEO and Founder of People Alchemy

share this article:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

related posts

Vimeo screenshot of webinar

The learning journey to generate changed behaviors

Josh Kamrath, CEO of Bongo interviews Paul Matthews to talk about learning workflows and the necessary paths to generate changed behavior.

Read More
glass pawns on a chess board, one see through the others opaque

Where is the leadership pointing?

Very few organisations are satisfied with where they are, and any leadership team worth its salt will have a vision of where they want to be instead.

Read More
black board with wooden frame and Why? written in white chalk

Be wary of the power of ‘Why?’

Imagine you see someone, a colleague, a friend, even a partner, doing something wrong, and it matters to you. Or …

Read More
People sitting around a table working with laptop and making notes

Informal learning’s role in learning transfer

We have just published Paul’s latest blog. He talks about the role informal learning plays in learning transfer. Why it …

Read More

search blog

Get your free weekly tip

You agree that we can keep a record of your details, and send you other occasional offers. See our Privacy Policy