Some of us build nests that are so comfortable we try never to leave them. Here are the conditions:
- Unconscious competency: We have insufficient self-awareness to realize what must be changed and/or improved.
- Allowing the continuance of what merely works and not trying to shake things up.
- Not offering new value to existing clients.
- Not soliciting referrals.
- “King of the Hill Phenomenon”: We’re never challenged by others.
- We become great at problem solving but fail to innovate.
- We don’t make “sharp right turns” to create new strategies.
- We don’t fire clients who are disruptive, unpleasant, and not profitable.
- We chase money and accept jobs and schedules we shouldn’t.
- We don’t generate new IP often enough.
- We refuse to share the nest with other species and simply surround ourselves with look-alikes.
- We don’t fail enough, meaning we don’t dare enough.
- We develop fear of fling and never venture out of the nest.
Dump the nest, fly away, and find something more daring.
© Alan Weiss 2017