When trying to innovate – one of the greatest difficulties is overcoming what I like to call “the momentum problem.” The Momentum Problem, in this instance, is easily summed up in one sentence:
It’s the way things have always been done.
I don’t hear this often, but when I do – I hate it. Just because it’s the way that things have always been done, that doesn’t make it the best. It’s possible, sure, that it is indeed the best possible way of doing things, but likely there are methods, tips, tools, tricks, and other things that can be added or changed to produce a better process or result.
Unfortunately, the process doesn’t care if it gets altered, or thrown out entirely – it’s the people connected to that process who end up suffering from The Momentum Problem. In today’s world, if you want to survive, you have to adapt, and do so quickly. This means innovation, and innovation is not always smooth, comfortable, or easy. Sometimes you will have to learn a new way of doing things, or do things in a way you’ve never done. Do not resist this; embrace this process of change, or else you will constantly be fighting a losing battle.
Unfortunately, I still live at the bottom of every totem pole, and captain no ship but my own. Thus, my enforcement powers against The Momentum Problem are severely limited. Eventually, however, I hope to change that.
In the meantime, I will continue refining the various processes – knowing that just because it’s the way things have always been done doesn’t make it the best.