My mother used to the say “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know”. How true – at least for me.
I like having options and recognize, at least intellectually, that growth and innovation lie beyond the comfort of my current ability. I’ll even admit that when Dr. Metts pointed out in our video blog that our future success is limited by our present success I nodded in agreement.
But, maybe like you, I’ve found myself staying in uncomfortable and negative situations too long because moving from the known to the unknown, and from the predictable to the uncertain seemed too risky. I was complacent.
In the workplace, I’m often asked to explain why people do the things they do and to find ways to make them either stop doing or start doing something different than what they’re currently doing. It’s harder for people to see this without an objective third party, but the results they’re experiencing with people is directly linked to what behaviors they’re rewarding. In essence they’re teaching people every day how to interact with them and what type of treatment they see as acceptable. Bad behavior isn’t something to be complacent in addressing – as a manager, leader, team member, spouse and or as a friend.
As you watch the complacency video, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do you agree that your current success is a limiting factor for your future success?
2. Are there any aspects of your current way of behaving, managing or leading that will not serve you long term or are not working well for you? If yes, how have you rewarded people for treating you this way?
3. Do you respond best to a positive picture of the future or a crisis in the current situation? Are your answers to question two creating a crisis, a positive future, or possibly both?