“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
There is a certain comfort that established ways, set routines and having everything figured out provides. This stability is, of course, absolutely integral to a business’s smooth functioning. But also integral is challenging assumptions, and changing routines and status quos — in spite of the slight agony that might present, it’s the only way to open the doors to innovation.
With the holiday season around the corner, now might be an ideal time to reflect on our decisions during the year, and also take a pause from our own daily routines to renew our motivation, rigor and energy to innovate.
Being faced with new questions and new challenges constantly are all part of the interesting careers we have, but these challenges and questions also present us with opportunities to drive new momentum in our organizations and in our careers. And it is crucial that, no matter how comfortable and easy things get, we don’t fail to constantly remain innovative, astute, skeptical and, if necessary, a little paranoid.
The CIO’s bag of tricks is also taking a pause only to come back with new posts, insights and perspectives in a new year.