Here is Edward Bear coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way…if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it!
A. A. Milne
the opening paragraph of Winnie-the-Pooh
Ever feel like Edward Bear when trying to get things done, get a message across or listening to others? Bump, bump, bump, bump on the back of the head.
Yet even with bumps all day long, many people still do things the way they’ve always done them. It is human nature to resist change even though our lives are almost nothing but change. Big changes, little changes. Changes we don’t see, changes we won’t see, changes we refuse to see.
A key to success is to get past the bumps and understand “there is more than one way to come down the stairs.” Sure, each day we have all that “bumping” that makes it hard to think about new and better ways.
Your bumps may be problems in getting an idea across, in hearing an ideas that is not yours, in accepting an idea or even ignoring ideas that do not add value!
But you know what? Some of your competition (which may include colleagues) will see new ways. Some new ways may not be an improvement. But some new ways will be better and a few, from those that block out the bumps the best, will be much, much better.
Do you just bump along every day? If so, why? Do you know? And most importantly, what are you going to do about it?