Climb Outside of the Box
CareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton
We think we're creative. We feel strategic. We feel like
we're doing it differently. But are we really? I think that
sometimes we get used to the status quo—or the proverbial
term—stuck inside of the box. We get into this mindset that
we're making progress and that we're creating change.
But I've found that's not always the case.
We're now living in a world of ever changing technology.
The threat that machines will take over our jobs is in some
cases imminent. But we know we can't let that happen.
We can't put our well-being on the sidelines, nor can we
So how did we get into the box anyway?
Here's a few thoughts to consider:
- We were just trying to please upper management.
- We lost sight about what our consumers really need.
- The wheel of new thoughts became broken.
- Our teams started to base decisions on the past
“the way we've always done it” rather than taking our
futures into consideration.
- We became lazy.
It's time to change our thinking and it's
well due that we get out of the box. But
how do we do that? How do we escape
the confines of what we're doing now?
I think that it takes vision. So, what if we focus and return
to a state of simplicity? Steve Jobs said it best, “Focus and
simplicity…once you get there you can move mountains.”
If we look back in time we will see all sorts of examples of
leaders that carefully and meticulously changed the status
quo. Ideas that have changed generations of people,
moved business forward, toppled governments, changed
the lives of several generations to come, reshaped
education, and those that have built a multi-cultural
society that we all enjoy.
The worst case scenario is that we stay the same. And
that would be unfortunate. Evolution is same. Revolution is
different. We all deserve better—not boring.
Let's get out of the box. Here's a few
- Identify the problem.
- Determine if you really have a problem or if you just
need a change.
- Create a game plan and make sure that it's strategic.
- Think globally and make sure that those thoughts
create inclusivity and community.
- Don't second guess yourself. Execute and do it NOW.
- Don't ever give up.
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