Old methods will do harm

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Apr 13

Cubicle Warriors know that to sit still is to put yourself into a vulnerable position in your career.

But, I don’t think I’ve ever thought through continuing to use previous methods to solve problems in the workplace.

Over at The Recruiting Edge, Jim Stroud says that using the old methods will, in fact, do harm. While he is talking about recruiting of Generation Y people into the work force, the thought of old methods “doing harm” rang true to me.

As we’re doing the work, we must consistently be willing to release our methods of work to something new. We much consistently integrate what we know works in the past with what works right now.

Much easier said than done. People will fall back to what has worked in the past. It is part of that “experience” DNA.

Jim’s article had me thinking that the “experience” DNA will do us harm in our careers. Let’s make sure it doesn’t.

Enjoy your weekend.

  • Scot Herrick says:

    Hi Paul,

    I have seen the book — but have not read it either. Any readers have a review of this book? Would it help us in our careers?

  • Paul Brandhagen says:

    RE: Old Methods will do harm
    I picked up a book called “what got you here won’t get you there” by Marchall Goldsmith that was recently published on the same topic.
    Of course I haven’t been able to read it yet… but someday. Thought you might find it interesting if you are thinking about how we must constantly re-invent ourselves, etc.

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