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stop signAs we embark toward achieving our vision, organizations sometimes continue to do things that either don’t work or don’t support the vision. When someone questions “why do we do that?” The answer is often “we’ve always done it this way.”

Sometimes the person answering the question really doesn’t understand the purpose, which means they’re missing information. However, most often, the truth is that no one ever questioned whether or not it could be stopped.

When no one asks the question, people just assume someone must know the purpose. The activity probably did have a purpose at one time. But to ensure your organization puts all its energy toward the fulfillment of your vision and objectives, encourage them to ask the question. Ask the question for yourself too.

Make it a practice for your organization to challenge one another about the value of activities. Many were important when they started, but that doesn’t mean they still apply.

Put all your energy and the energy of your team into doing work that contributes to where you’re going.



What can you personally stop doing?

How will you encourage your team to question what they can stop doing?


“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

~ Hans Hofmann