When is the last time you tried something new? Same old, same old is a default mode for average leaders. The exceptional ones Choose New.
For some reason, new is a lot more attractive after we try it than it is before.
Growing up, Cheerios was my ‘go to’ breakfast. Rarely a day went by without me visiting Oatville. But everything changed one morning when I was visiting a friend’s house and he pulled out a box of Honey Nuts. I had never even heard of these Cheerios on steroids. All I can say is, WOW! … Life has never been the same.
I remember that morning, nearly three decades ago, like it was yesterday. The apprehension, the anxiety, and the fear were all very real. However, each of those emotions were unwarranted, considering the Honey Nuts would become a game changer. They would not have been, had I not been willing to choose new.
Looking back to my pre Honey Nut days, it was not the Cheerios I was in love with. It was the comfort of the familiar.
Settling for the mundane is one thing when we are talking cereal. It goes to another level when the subject changes to leadership. Fail to choose new, and you will eventually become stagnant.
If today finds you clinging to comfort in your leadership, I double-dog-dare you to “Choose New.”
Why do you think it is so hard for a leader to be open to something new?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.