Trying Harder Can Create A Culture If Desperation
People commonly respond to the stress of change by putting out more effort. The greater the change (that is, the bigger the adjustment they need to make) the harder they try. But they stick with the same old habits. They bet the future on “more of the same.” Their heart is in the right place, their intentions are good, but they fail to realize that many solutions of the past don’t fit the problems of the future. In fact, a lot of today’s problems are actually caused by yesterday’s solutions.
You can’t handle change very well if you don’t change—no matter how determined you are, and regardless of how hard you try. Really, now, how much faster or better can you do things if you basically keep doing them the same old way? Just how much more effort is it possible to give? Sooner or later you reach your limit. Trying harder—while using the same old tools, techniques, and thinking patterns—creates a culture of desperation.
The secret is to simplify. Search for different solutions. Easier ones.
Look for shortcuts, ways to save time and money and effort without sacrificing high standards. Eliminate unnecessary steps. Ask, “Why are we doing that?” Get rid of things that get in the way. Find a better approach.
Innovate. Bust out of your old routines. Be willing to make a radical change. If the organization expects you to do more with less, to do it better and quicker, your only hope is to find an easier approach.
Try easier. Build a culture that believes in simplicity.
“The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.” —Bruce Lee, expert in martial arts