Nesting Syndrome

Some of us build nests that are so comfortable we try never to leave them. Here are the conditions:

  1. Unconscious competency: We have insufficient self-awareness to realize what must be changed and/or improved.
  2. Allowing the continuance of what merely works and not trying to shake things up.
  3. Not offering new value to existing clients.
  4. Not soliciting referrals.
  5. “King of the Hill Phenomenon”: We’re never challenged by others.
  6. We become great at problem solving but fail to innovate.
  7. We don’t make “sharp right turns” to create new strategies.
  8. We don’t fire clients who are disruptive, unpleasant, and not profitable.
  9. We chase money and accept jobs and schedules we shouldn’t.
  10. We don’t generate new IP often enough.
  11. We refuse to share the nest with other species and simply surround ourselves with look-alikes.
  12. We don’t fail enough, meaning we don’t dare enough.
  13. 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


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