Today’s savvy quote comes from Peter Drucker in a paper published in Harvard Business Review in 1989.
“People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete – the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.”
What can we do about this? While change is inevitable, it’s important to understand that there are always attachments to the past in any organization – whether it be a business, a community, a family etc. There’s nothing wrong with having a history but the important thing is not to let history be an excuse for not changing or embracing new and innovative ways of doing things. Innovation is about unexpected connections between things – the past is always present. We don’t have to lose the past in order to progress but we need to reframe/reinvent/reconquer our notions about the past.
Happy Weekend everyone! E.M.C.