Any consultant who has been around long enough has heard this executive statement: “I’ve done this before been there before, this is what works, and this is the course we’re taking. I didn’t get here because I’m stupid.” Alternatively, few are well-positioned to challenge this presumption without fear of termination or loss of opportunity.
FAMILIARITY connotes: “I’ve successfully done this before, so of course I know what I’m doing today.” But In business, many of The Roads of Familiarity which were once traveled without incident have become over-used congested routes that are easy to follow because many that share this mindset and are the same road, reassuring one another… but going nowhere fast.
Here’s an option to consider: Go off-road and change the scenery. Follow a fresh trail of activity to uncover creative microcosms of expertise that are evolving in collaboration away from entrenched centers of understanding that have the potential to stoke the furnace of your creativity. Nevertheless, should you choose the path of familiarity… as least slow your roll, drive cautiously, and adapt to conditions such as you find them. It just makes sense.
Christopher Bell, III