When times are tough it’s tempting to hunker down and play it safe, whoever we are.
Mention ‘change’ or ‘innovation’, and from employees, entrepreneurs, and CEOs alike you’re liable to hear the cry, “now’s just not the right time!”
Leaders revert to the familiar command and control model.
While employees stay very, very still…even when they’re desperate to switch jobs, make a career change, or develop a new entrepreneurial venture.
These responses are rooted in fear and denial
They spring from a skewed kind of Alice in Wonderland logic that says:
I will be innovative (…or successful, daring, relaxed, happy, creative, etc) once the external conditions allow for it. When everything outside me is fine then I’ll be able to change. But only then. For now I’ll do things the way I’ve always done them, because that’s the safest bet. Until everything else is perfect. For me.
It’s fine to do what you’ve always done…
…as long as you know you’ll get what you always got.
Reacting to external change with internal stasis isn’t safe – or sane.
A tough time is no time to play it safe
Been hanging around waiting for the perfect time to change?
Could be now’s the time you’ve been waiting for.
Careful you don’t miss it!
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