It’s been one of those days…


If it weren’t bad enough that I get paid to tell peo­ple what is the “right” thing to do only to have them dis­card my sage advice on a fre­quent basis. I get to do this dai­ly. Under pre­vi­ous cir­cum­stances my pro­fes­sion­al advice would be heed­ed and things would change as they need­ed to be. This how­ev­er, is a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion. Let’s take for exam­ple one state­ment I over­heard this week while in the office, “It’s been that way since I start­ed here years ago.” Yes, I’m sure many of us hear that from time to time but for Christ’s sake, just because you’ve been doing it the way some­one told you to do it 1, 5, 10, 20 years ago that sim­ply does not make it right. Just because some­one told you that is how it needs to be done doesn’t mean that you are expect­ed to take that at face val­ue. You have val­ue as a con­trib­u­tor when you chal­lenge the sta­tus quo and come up with some new or inno­v­a­tive way to do things. If you have a bet­ter idea put your big boy or girl under­pants on and present it. What’ the worse that can hap­pen, they’ll say no? So what, if it is some­thing you are respon­si­ble for then do it any­way. You see, when it all comes down to the wire, what mat­ters are results. So what if you didn’t do it “their way”. Maybe their way would have tak­en you twice as long. Maybe their way would have made you work at that sin­gle task twice as hard and waste oth­er people’s time. So you did it bet­ter. Do it and see if they say next time you pro­duce faster, high­er qual­i­ty results.