Brian Dodd works for the Rocket Company, an organization committed to helping churches increase weekly giving and pastors preach better sermons. Recently, he listed 15 reasons why people don’t need to do things the way they have always been done (based on a video featuring Kevin Kelley of the Pulaski Academy). Included on the list are
- I’ve done my research,
- I am continually learning,
- the current situation calls for something different,
- I think differently than others, and
- I asked “why.”
Leadership is not about doing the same thing over and over again forever while anticipating ever improving results. Leaders must know when it is appropriate to stop doing things the way they have always been done. Leaders must also take action to end such practices once such are deemed unhelpful.
- When is the last time you intentionally stopped doing (yourself or your organization) something that had been done for long enough that most perceived it as having always been done that way? What was your experience like?
- What is the #1 reason why you are likely to stop doing something the way it has always been done?