This post is based on some inspiration from a friend/client meeting I had today with Mark Juleen. After we went over some business items we started talking about the shift in corporations and what it takes to move past the STATUS QUO. That expression to me is such an outdated corporate phrase and let me tell you why.
Status quo to me equates comfort and complacency. Mark and I chatted about how it seems that as we move along in our careers we get more and more comfortable with our current corporate situation that we fail to achieve any future vision. So what happens? We then can get stale in our approach. We are quick to say no to new ideas and new innovations. We stifle creativity in ourselves and within our team. All of this is for the sake of the “status quo” and the “it’s not broke so why fix it” mentality. I think most folks forget frog in the boiling water analogy. If you throw a frog into a boiling pot of water it will immediately leap out but if you put it in cold water and turn the heat on it does not notice the gradual temperature change and it dies. (Side note: terrible experiment…I am pro-frog)
Oftentimes our career can wind up the same way. We may think everything is peachy keen but do we really know the difference? So it behooves all of us to think past the status quo and to allow innovation to kick in. We live in a topsy-turvy economic climate that does not allow us to even think for a minute that “we got it right”. Everything about how we do business continues to shift. If we stick to the status quo then our status will become dormant.
I think that one of my issues is that this brain of mine never shuts off. I am always trying to piece the business puzzle together and work harder every day to make things fit. I have realized that it is actually impossible to fit a square peg into a round hole and for those who try just to get their way fail miserably. When you are working on a puzzle you are analyzing all the various pieces and you actually try different strategies until it all fits perfectly. That is not acceptance. That is not sticking to the status quo. That is innovation and determination.
Thoughts? What have you done to get past your “status quo” or have you helped your team? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Written by Jonathan Saar