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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The path of least resistance rarely leads to success in any area of life. Innovative ideas are many times born out of frustration with the status quo.
So, years ago, I was approached by a very frustrated manager who was part of another large organization. His primary complaint with his organization was that his culture was married to the status quo and would not change.
Every time he brought up a new idea, he was told that "it would not work here," or it can't be done, or "we don't have time for that here."
I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard those words myself over my career. It seems as though those phrases are the defacto standard before a good change in an organization finally occurs.
Not making time for new and meaningful ideas that make a difference in the lives of others is a recipe for disaster, failure, boredom, and dysfunction.
Organizations go away eventually if they don't change for the better, and teams from the cross-country course to the boardroom fall into mediocrity if they don't embrace ways to improve continually.
We were born to create, innovate, and make things better for those around us. In my mind, making things better for the people you serve is love for your fellow man in action.
Back to my story.
After many discussions, strategic planning, project planning, and hard work with the manager mentioned above, we created a new system that revolutionized and energized his organization.
The system we created breathed new life into an organization and gave people hope.
Never underestimate the value and capabilities of a team of people who are genuinely committed to changing the status quo for the right reasons.
We all need to move out of our comfort zones into the innovation zone from time to time to improve lives around us for the better.
No shame and no blame here. We have fallen into that "status quo trap" for various reasons.
However, to truly change lives for the better, we must break out of that comfortable status quo trap and move to the land of innovation and change.
Make your team or organization better today with new ideas to serve others better, no matter how small or big your group or organization is at this point in your journey.
It doesn't matter if you volunteer as a retiree, work full time as a coach, work in a school, volunteer at church, or work in a Fortune 500 company; we can all make things better for those we help and serve each day.
Solve problems other people shy away from. Be a solution seeker.
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