ReThink Routine: If It’s Not Broken, Break It

Success can be blinding at times.

“If it is not broken, don’t fix it” is the old idiom used by many as an excuse to avoid change.  After all, humans are creatures of habit, and habit is comfortable.  But the fact is, that times change; and with it, the quest to ReThink Routine begins.

If it is not broken, break it and make it better because your competition will.” – Rick Pitino

I first read this quote in Pitino’s book Rebound Rules – The Art of Success 2.0.  As I have grown in leadership and explored the challenges of building a values-based culture, this quote has hit home.  Below I share two thoughts to ponder.

Forget The Step By Step Planning

I have found that the way I planned to train someone or tackle an activity was always different from the way it worked.  The goal and result were the same but the method of getting there was different.  People, environments, and constraints change as time goes on, following a plan to the letter may not the best way to effect change.

Working without a plan may seem scary but blindly following a plan that has no relationship with reality is even scarier– Jason Fried

Building a values-based culture is about adapting to the circumstances.  Allowing us to reach the finish line regardless of the barriers we encounter along the way.

Use Routine to Spark Creativity

In a previous blog, John Maxwell’s Law of Design,  I share John’s ideas about the use of systems to increase our capacity to learn and grow. A similar approach can be used to create change and improve the culture of team.

A quick daily visit with your teammates to see if they need help, and a quick lessons learned meeting after each project is delivered are examples of habits that can open opportunities to connect and share ideas.

A leader finds a way to make “challenging the norm” part of policies and procedures.

As stated in the book The Secret by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, great leaders reinvent continuously.  ReThink Routine is about challenging the good in order to become great.


How are you reinventing the way you lead?





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