Think of a great company of yesteryear that has faded into obscurity.
Now think of the main reason this happened.
Whether it’s Fuji, Blockbuster, or the hundreds of other similar companies that have faded into obscurity, one thing is consistent. They were resistant to change in a world where change is happening faster than ever.
Change can be scary and confronting. Especially for those with big egos that think there is only one way to do things and what worked in the past must work in the future. As in the Elon Musk quote above, as entrepreneurs, executives, sales people or marketers, we need to constantly think about what we could be doing better.
It’s not just change for the sake for the sake of change though. In today’s day and age, we have all the tools required to analyze the data and consciously look for ways to improve what we are doing today. Whether that is in how we manage our team, service our clients or introduce new business.
As a leader (or if you have a desire to be a leader) add time into your weekly schedule dedicated to improving and make sure to keep yourself accountable. Questioning why you do things not just how you do them is paramount. It may be confronting at first but one small improvement each week adds up quickly and before you know it you will have improved out of site.
For the managers out there, this is an important part of your weekly 1-1’s. Even with your high performers, how can we make them perform even better or more efficiently? By keeping yourself and your team accountable and insisting on constant improvement, you will build a business that is always looking forward and providing even better products and services in a happier workplace.
We’ll finish this blog with another great quote from Socrates.
“I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing”