“The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
– William Pollard.
That’s worth framing and hanging in every meeting room from Portland to Tahiti (via Paris).
Also, via Tom Asacker:
“Over time, unchanging relationships can turn into shackles that limit an organization’s flexibility and lock it into active inertia. Established relationships with customers can prevent firms from responding effectively to changes in technology, regulations, or consumer preferences.”
– Donald Sull (Revival of the Fittest: Why Good Companies Go Bad an How Great Managers Remake Them.)
Do you see where I’m going with this?
So… your new mission every day is to keep things fresh. That’s it. Whether you’re in the business of designing ads, repairing engines, selling shoes or answering calls from angry customers, don’t ever, ever, ever let routine set in. Try different things. Learn something new from every customer. From every sale. From every design challenge. From every product launch. From every commercial you hear on the radio. From every movie you catch on cable. From the games your kids play. From magazines you’ve never picked up.
Keep things fresh.
And go read Tom Asacker’s post on that very topic. It’s very good.
Have a great Monday, everyone.