Last week I delivered a workshop at a conference. Noticing a participant looking strange at me, while I was giving examples of what I did in the past, I asked what she thinks.
“I’m listening to you, and I agree it’s beneficial, but our organisation is different: we’re not allowed to do that!”, she said.
That’s a good point… to start with! If you’re not allowed to do something, you still have options:
1. Accept that forever
2. Accept that for now, and find ways of “fighting” it in a way that’s beneficial to organisation, clients and yourself
3. Live with a permanent internal “fight”, because you do it this way when you know a better way. (Not a fun choice , isn’t it?!)
Did I forget another option? 🙂
I was in her “shoes” many times in the past, but for me only the second option was acceptable. I would provide reasons, brainstorm new ideas, create small a pilot project to get more evidence there might be a better way … until I “win”. It takes time though, but I love to “fight” for a good cause. I can imagine, I was not an easy employee to deal with, from a manager’s perspective. 🙂 The truth is, at the end, even managers liked the way it turned out. Because in fact, it was not a “me” win: it was a win of better ideas versus the status quo, that brings progress and benefit more people and the organisation!
I am a “fighter” in a good way. I’ve always been, and I’ll continue to be… even after the new ideas are implemented. Because there’s always “what’s next?”! 🙂
I’m a strong believer in “Challenging stutus quo leads to progress”. What do you think?