Do you always get what you’ve always got?

Henry Ford and his T model car

Tired of not getting results? Not getting what you want in work and in life? Stuck in a rut?

Depending on who you Google, you might thank either the innovative Henry Ford or the inspirational Tony Robbins for reminding you of the following.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”.

Conceptually simple, but surprisingly difficult to implement. Why? It requires change, influence, persuasion, time, effort.  And we’re hardwired to resist it.

More on this in upcoming posts. For now, have a good weekend. While you’re at it though, try and do something new, different. It’s good for your perspective.

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My favourite quote and why

A recent Linkedin group discussion asked for member’s favourite quotes.  My answer to this question is always the same:

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”  Henry Ford

The reason? It eloquently illustrates the great human paradox: needing to change but not fundamentally wanting to or being able to.

We see on a daily basis closed-minded business leaders and workforces unable to embrace change, despite change and the need to be nimble, creative and innovative actually being inevitable.

Do you agree? What is your favourite quote and why?

New Year, Same Old Approach?

Everyone makes resolutions at this time of year. We wait until January because that’s what we’re conditioned to do. Lofty promises to do things different, better, cheaper, quicker. Waiting for tomorrow, when tomorrow never actually comes.

What about today? Today is here, today is now. Today is live. What if you made one resolution today to change, improve or do something different from the way you’ve always done it or the way things have always been.

What if today you offered your prized customers a refund or rebate based on last year’s business or this year’s? Or rewarded prompt payment? Why don’t you announce a recession busting price freeze, or offer something new or free as a value add? Why not create a recommend a friend CRM programme so your best and most trusted customers do some of your hard work for you? Commit to writing a blog or a regular customer newsletter.

Embrace the digital environment and ensure your business is represented on platforms like Linkedin, Twitter and FaceBook if relevant. Create a ‘wiki’ or share content

A better approach in what is going to be a very difficult year, must surely to be constantly change, try, experiment and not just wait for tomorrow.

So, what’s your approach to the new year?