May 23, 2011

Leadership Limerick: Staying Curious

Every Monday, I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form.

Curiosity may have killed the cat
But we're not even sure about that

You must interrupt your routine
And make sure new things are seen

To keep your thinking from going flat

Routines are valuable because they are orderly and make more efficient use of time.   But routinely offering the same programs and services can quickly become a rut.  You can help prevent this by not letting your own experiences fall into rigid and inflexible patterns.  

Breaking up your routines, trying new paths, and exposing yourself widely to different perspectives will keep your thinking fresher and cause new connections and possibilities to be imagined.

So one of the new routines worth adopting is regularly interrupting your routines.  Which "but this is the way I've always done it" are you going to interrupt today?

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