Tweak It

Tweak It

I’m hearing about companies closing down. This means that more jobs need to be created. So guess what? We have to create them.

It’s time for a little Mythbusters.

Myth: If it’s not broken don’t fix it.

The truth is: If it’s not broken, then it can probably get better.

The Rut (AKA a routine that’s dying).

All of us have daily routines that we go through. When you get in your car, you adjust the seat and mirror, turn on the radio, roll down the window, close the gate, etc.

When you step into the office, you flip on the light (ZESA check), crack the window, check your email, check in with your secretary and team members.

Some of these routines turn into ruts. And the thing is, the routine started off as a good routine. You say to yourself, “I’ve done this for 30 years…”

That is the worst place to be in! You don’t know why you’re there exactly. Then, invigoration becomes a foreign word. You become tired all the time. You only eat cereal for breakfast. You have meetings to discuss an upcoming meeting. A meeting for a meeting! Stop this.

You’ve got to get in the habit of tweaking. You must tweak. Not twerk! Tweak!

Most leaders or innovators don’t even know how or why they get into a rut.

Pixar’s Table

Pixar is the world’s leading animation studio that changed their industry with their creativity in blockbuster films like Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Up and The Incredibles. They noticed that their creativity, which they were famous for, was dwindling due to the shape of the long table they used in their creative meetings. When they changed the design of the table, their creative culture sparked again. People had more freedom to speak up, and the stronger personalities didn’t dominate the conversation.

The shape of the table became a rut in their company. (Read more about that here.)

Intentionally carving out and facilitating your company’s culture is critical to your success. Creativity is intentional. And culture is way more important.

New things can seem off—they look like they’re unnecessary. For example, the moon is unnecessary. (If you actually think the moon is unnecessary, please read this). Yet, we know the combined gravitational forces of the sun, moon and earth create the ocean tides across our planet.

Remember this: if it’s not broke—it can probably be better.

(photo via daniele civello)