You probably work with them every day. People who live in the past. Fearful of change.
Their fossilized mantra is, “We’ve never done it that way.” Their reaction to innovative programming ideas is, “That doesn’t sound like us.”
That’s driving while looking in the rear view mirror stuff, don’tcha know.
That observation probably doesn’t surprise you. But this one may.
It’s the cry of the pessimist.
In essence they are saying what has happened in the past is better than what could happen in the future.
“Optimism is the ability to focus on where we are going, not where we are coming from. Leaders own the optimism. Leaders inspire us ahead.”
A decade ago our home sustained some minor hurricane damage that prompted some remodeling. Despite the sawdust and scaffolding, despite the inconvenience of not being able to access the kitchen and a bathroom for a time, the architect kept reminding us to how beautiful things would look when the construction was done.
“There is an inexorable link between an organization’s vision and it’s appetite for improvement.”
To find the real leaders in your organization, regardless of titles, look for the optimists. They are the ones who believe in the future.