OMG! Most people detest the friction of CHANGE!
After all, “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”
Just as we’re getting used to the way things work around here, some crazy renegade rocks the boat with a great new idea to “Streamline” and work more efficiently . . . or the software update changes the location and color of the important button, or some FNG (f’ing new guy) joins the team and brings in a whole slew of new ideas from (GASP) the outside.
The curmudgeons call this “Fresh Blood” and relish in their jaded opinions that these young upstarts are all “green behind the ears” and don’t know (yet) that their ideas won’t work . . . and they prophesy that the newbies will eventually fail and accept the “way we do things around here” and stop attempting to make all these changes.
I have a different view. I think these outsiders coming in with new ideas are Fresh WATER. Just as any pond needs a steady inflow of fresh water for the ecosystem to survive, so do organizations and industries. New perspectives and fresh ideas challenge the status quo and trend towards a continuous raising of the bar of efficiency and quality.
Squash/suppress the energy and ideas of these vibrant new folks, and they’ll take themselves elsewhere . . . to your competitors, and your organization will lose in the long run.
I know this is tragic news to all of the “control freak bosses,” but it’s news we must take to heart because we old fogies have a LOT to learn from these young bucks.
I’m writing this post as I prepare to speak to the YPN (Young Professionals Network) – REALTORS in Nashville who have been in business for less than 5 years.
We asked them what they want to learn, and they predominantly replied “Low cost marketing” and “Business Building”
So . . . We will spend an hour exploring ideas around developing good Habits that foster effective, low cost Lead Generation.
I have but one regret . . . Rather than I be the instructor, I selfishly want THEM to school me with all of THEIR new ideas.
Ah well . . . Maybe that’ll be a future session 🙂
PS – If you’re a professional in the Nashville area and would be interested in attending a repeat of this session, I am offering it May 17 @ 10 . . . All you’ve gotta do is register here and show up 🙂
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!