How often do you ask, “Why do we do it this way?” Do you consistently offer new ideas to help improve a process? Are you still eager to learn and try new things? Are you ready and willing to start with a clean slate . . . every day?
In other words, how often do you act like a new hire?
Ironically, new hires come from “old jobs.” The people so willing to do whatever it takes in a new job are often the same ones who were negative and resistant in the old job. In fact, many of them left the old job because they thought they couldn’t do what was being asked of them. Or they didn’t want to. The changes regarded as fresh and innovative at a new job can be the exact same changes considered impossible at the old one.
The difference between “I can’t do it” and “I’ll do whatever it takes” need not involve a change of address. All you need is a change of perspective. It makes no sense to resist change now, only to later welcome it elsewhere.
- Treat each day like a new job – bring a fresh positive perspective.
- Make a habit of asking why, and refuse to accept “Because we’ve always done it that way.”
- Skip the resistance.
- Clean the slate.
- Be the employee you would want to hire.