Old School vs New School

Old School vs New School

Old School is nice when it comes to cars, but bad when it comes to company systems.

Old school tendencies…

I have a Datsun. Love that little thing. People offer to buy it all the time. It’s a classic.

Not everything that’s old school is “good times.” There are some old-school things that are completely outdated. Tech has changed us.

Everyone wants to be more efficient right? No one says, Yes! I love my inefficiency!

Do you think like this?

We’ve been doing it for years and it works. We don’t want to change.

If you’ve been doing it, or using it for years, it’s probably old school.

“I don’t use email because the post works just fine.”

I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating every single day of my life: good is the enemy of great. If it works it can get better.

I was in a local police station recently. The reason why is a story for another time. Things were taking a while to be processed and when asked, the gentlemen at the desk informed me that their digital system was broken at the moment. So they were applying for a new typewriter to speed things up in the future.

A new typewriter! Whoa.

Is your workplace filled with long reports, huge minutes, tedious systems and lots of energy spent on redundant and slow tendancies?

Guess what? There’s probably an app for all of those things.

Which means, more efficient workplace, more fun, and a more productive team.

It all comes down to joules. What I mean by that is try to measure the energy you and your team are expending for the output your creating. The energy spent on crushing out a report on a typewriter? That’s hard work, man! And if you want to duplicate it? Back to the typewriter.

Time for a new system.

If you’re the person who goes to the IT department every time you need to use powerpoint. Then it’s time that I let you in on an amazing website called Google dot com—you’ll be better. And you can learn how to use powerpoint for future reference. The IT guy gets sick of showing you how to indent your paragraph. Google it from now on until it becomes a new system.

Add a large dose of New School to your systems, culture, and processes.

(photo via tim hamilton)