Will It Work Again?

How many times have you heard someone say (or said it yourself), it worked before and it will work again? Maybe it will, but then again, maybe it won’t. Understand I’m not talking about absolutes. Yes, some things really don’t change, but an awful lot does.

Experience – A Great Teacher, Sometimes

We all have experiences that we draw on to make decisions on the best way to approach solving a problem. Our memory serves a useful purpose in this regard in that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time we face a new situation and things can happen faster. We can see similarities with past experiences and quickly formulate a solution.

But Wait

As useful as experience is in shortening the time to solve problems, we can easily get caught in the trap of simply performing rote actions that may not actually be the best approach. It is important that we keep ourselves open to new approaches that may prove far superior.

Like What

In a previous blog, Creativity | Vital to Your Business, I discussed how sometimes we don’t have to take the most obvious and traditional approach when confronted with an issue. When we default to the routine way of solving something, we often miss the opportunity to improve a business. Think about it. How many times has your company adopted some procedure just because someone used it at a prior company? But, you are part of a different company and this is often a classic case of “One size does NOT fit all.” The solution offered may indeed work again, but that does not mean it was a good choice.

Don’t Be Afraid to Be a Little Creative

No matter what the area of concern, it pays dividends to at least run the proposed idea through your creativity filter. You may just find that an opportunity is just waiting to be discovered. For example, how many car manufacturers designed a new car and by default just slapped on a 2 or 3 speed wiper system. That seemed totally logical until someone realized that intermittent wipers would make this system even better. Yes, the old system would work again but was not actually the best.

So, how about it? Are you just making decisions in a routine manner or at least occasionally putting on your creativity cap?

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