Should We Be Challenging Some Of Our Old Habits?
August 17,2004 - by
Robert E. Stevens, GENESIS II
Second Beginning) E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Views titled "But we have always done it that way" 5/24/04, has
a lot of conversation. Most of the conversation was about how to get
to change. I don't know the answer. I do know a lot od people are
I am reminded of a book titled "Innovation" by Thomas Kuczmarski who
the blame of a lack of progress in many companies on their management.
the other hand, Kriegel & Brandt in their book "Sacred Cows Make
Best Burgers", one of my favorite books, places the blame on the nature
change. That is, change is uncomfortable, unpredictable, and often
unsafe. All we need to do is to look at the changes occurring around us
see regardless of whether we want change or not it is here. Now we need
decide if we want to be in front of the curve, on the curve or behind
Do we want to lead or be led?
One of the Views readers sent me an Albert Einstein saying, "The
we face today can not be solved on the same level of thinking we were
we created them."
Another Views reader sent the following puzzle.
Who am I?
"I am your constant companion, I am your greatest helper or heaviest
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at
command. Half of the things you do might just as well turn over to me
I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed -
must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something
and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men; and alas, of all failures as well.
who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made
I am not a machine though i work with all the precision of a machine
the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin
it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I
place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am habit."
Should we make a habit of reviewing our habits? Should
be looked at as a form of habit? For those who design research, are
designs based of "a prerequisite", "a habit", or just laziness?
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