There are plenty of sayings. The ones that suggest more than one way to accomplish the goal. What happens when there are different workplace solutions yet both seem to work?
More than one way to crack an egg.
Six of one, half dozen of another.
Half empty or half full.
Largely what happens inside the workplace community is about culture. The words, phrases, metaphors, symbols, and of course the acronyms are largely about just that, what happens inside.
Different Workplace Solutions
Companies make cars, computing devices, bouncing balls, and eyeglasses. Many of these have similarities. Balls are round, cars have wheels, and eyeglasses generally hook behind our ears and bridge our nose.
What happens inside the organization is different. The rules of the game are likely not identical. People drive the culture. They represent the repetitive nature of, “What happens here.”
What happens inside is the correct way. It may always be evolving, it may be a fluid approach, yet that is the way it is done.
We’ve never done it that way.
We’ve always done it this way.
Phrases are as much about the culture as the motion they create. You can choose to agree or disagree. Workplace cultures do sometimes change, they pivot, shift, or accelerate. If you are inside the community you may be considered part of the solution, or the problem.
Sipping coffee through a straw may seem odd, so is sugary icing on broccoli.
It seems that new ideas have a path. They become cultural norms or they don’t.
What you do at work today may be the correct way, or the incorrect way. Both may still be about a solution.
The culture determines which way, for now.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.