Another editor-inspired Theme day here at the b5 business Channel and it’s traditions—not a topic for which I have much liking.
Generally, traditions are the result of doing something the same way year after year and in a few instances I suppose that’s OK, but most of the time it translates as “because we’ve always done it that way and we’re not about to change.” Given this translation, traditional traditions in business are not only bad, but support various pieces of bureaucracy.
Bureaucracy shouldn’t be confused with process. Process is good—it helps get things done smoothly and efficiently; bureaucracy is bad—it’s process calcified, convoluted, politically corrupted, or just plain unnecessary and it feeds on people’s fear of change.
So, how about some UNtraditional traditions such as
- willingness to change,
- open communications, and
- never killing the messenger
that will provide your people real reasons for giving thanks.
As Nike says, JUST DO IT.
Walk this talk and you’ll never be mistaken for a turkey (vulture)!