Back in the Day

August 24, 2021


Author: Karl Schoemer

Back in the day:

We were masters of the job. We could come in, do the job, and go home. There wasn’t a lot of thinking involved – and certainly not a lot of thinking differently.

Back in the day:

Things were calmer. We enjoyed the luxury of time. Global competition had not heated up. True technological innovation was just beginning to take hold and pick up speed. Things were different!

Back in the day:

Companies took care of their employees. There was job security (or at least the illusion of it). There were awards for attendance and service, respect for tenure and time served, and benefits and perks like they grew on trees.

Back in the day:

The work often wasn’t all that challenging – an occasional problem, defect, or missed deadline. But no real effort. The pace was slower…a few meetings, one project at a time, no real deadlines.

Back in the day:

Things were clearer – the job was outlined, explained, and specified in the manual. Got a question? You could look it up. Wondering what you can or can’t, should or shouldn’t do? You could look it up.

Back in the day:

Stress was lower. Frustration was limited to the occasional office personality clash or rude customer.

Those were the days, my friends. We thought they’d never end.

Well – they ended.

Today is different – and it is what it is! What are YOU going to do about it?

Some suggestions:

  • Look up and out vs. down and in
  • Thrive in ambiguity
  • Master change
  • Think differently
  • Align everything you do with your customer





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