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“That’s the way we’ve always done things”

Good bosses loathe this attitude.

Entrepreneurs are chomping at the bit, ready to disrupt, when they hear this. 

But few actually do anything about it. 

Beware of complacency. It can lull even the best individuals and organizations into a false sense of success and security.  

Relentlessly challenge—not just for the sake of challenging (there’s a difference between disagreeing and being disagreeable)—but ask questions, and get to the real reason, the why.

Why do we have this policy? Is it still relevant? Why did we structure our oganization this way? Why are we building this product right now? Is it the best thing we could be doing with our time? Why are we having this meeting? Could it be accomplished through Slack? Or email?  

Are you okay with that being the way we do things?  

Take a look at your “system,” your rote routines. Then ask yourself: Is this really the best way to do it? Understand why you do what you do—do it for the right reasons.