Nike is only half right. “Just do it” works until we need to “Just quit it.” Only the quitting part seems harder that the doing part. I had the privilege of hearing Bob Goff speak speak a few years ago.
If you’re not familiar with Bob (and I wasn’t before this conference), he is an attorney with a sense of humor. Impressive! (Those are rare by the way. And, of course, my apologies to my attorney. I do appreciate you.)
One of the things Bob said that stuck with me was he quits something every Thursday.
Everyone knows someone who lives by the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I believe this is a dangerous lie, especially within organizations.
OK. That may be a bit of a overstatement, but I do think such thinking holds teams and organizations back from experiencing break through moments.
Buying into such rhetoric gives us permission to “pass” on challenging the status quo.
As long as our teams are performing to expectations, general benchmarks, etc., then we can pat ourselves on the back and move on to more pressing matters. The fundamental flaw in this thinking is believing that only things that are broken need to be fixed.