It’s often debated & witnessed by us that even when most of us have the same access to resources some of them keep moving up the value chain either in terms of their learning, innovation, or new ways of doing their works better and rest tend to be where they are
Why is it that among all the species it is only Humans that have evolved so much and so quickly ?
Well, I guess, the answer lies in the mindset of Doing The Things Differently. So, why do some of us Stop Doing Things Differently and stick to a routine ? Is it a question of capability or something else ?
Well, capability could be an issue when we are looking at large scale innovation or paradigm shifts but not when it comes to small day to day improvements, ideas. It is often witnessed that we can improve a lot with the experience we gather over a period of time as ‘evolving is in the nature of our species’
The Reasons for not having the mindset of doing something for first time could be different. At the Micro level (individual) it could be a simple matter of up brining where in the environment disabled new thinking or it could be a simple matter of Rewards & Risk
At the organization level, when we deep dive we discover reasons which are interesting as well as baffling, some of the reasons clearly reflect our transactional mindset wherein we are living lives for today and don’t envisage tomorrow. Some popular reasons are :
We don’t Celebrate Failure
One of the biggest challenges that emerges is that we have stopped celebrating failures. When we attempt to do something for the first time it is obvious that all the attempts would not lead to success, in fact most of them end as failures. At that juncture, what is our reaction? We reprimand the end result or celebrate the mindset of attempting in the first place.
Celebrating failures is something which will enable all of us to keep walking and keep evolving. We should also ensure celebrating failures should not be confused with tolerating mistakes, as in finance we have to draw line between error and omissions.
Managers live for today
Why disturb the Apple Cart ?, why think of tomorrow when I am not sure if I am going to be there ? Why risk my reputation which I have built over all these years ? etc.
These are some of the mindset questions which drive the Managers which in turn the disable the environment where in new attempts at addressing the existing situations / way of doing things can be challenged
The Rewards / Recognition are Negligible
It is no secret that Behaviors that Get Rewarded Get Repeated.
And also the degree of reward / recognition influences all of us to think whether we should attempt moving out of our comfort zone or stick the routine.
In rewards & recognition framework do we have provisions for celebrating failures? Do we have provisions to highlight innovations of various degrees from small improvements to large innovations? Do we have provision to highlight ideas which are not business viable but at the same time are cutting edge etc.
It is important & critical for all of us to appreciate and encourage the attempt of doing something for first time rather than restricting ourselves to reward only if the end results happens to bring glory.
Cut the Red Tape
The operation was successful but the patient died. Many a times the ideas get killed in the process because they are either too lengthy and time consuming or managed by people who don’t believe in experimenting and comfortable with ‘As Is’
Are we ready for disruptions ?
As a group how many are ready or comfortable for disruptions around us? Because, any change somewhere is going to impact all of us as we live in this highly connected & networked world
The idea/ thought of disabling the reason why we evolved so far as a species is quite discomforting. It’s time we relook at ourselves and reenergize the mindset which will encourage each one of us to do reflect on When was the last time, we did something for the first time . . . it’s time that we keep walking.
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