Several years ago, I came across this written on a wall at an art exhibition in Venice and took the above photo. It is a good follow on from my previous posting on change in business and also those on COVID. So often people are afraid to take the next step that could move them forward because of fear.
Why are you doing this that way? Why aren’t you doing it another way, etc.? Why are you doing it at all? These are questions that we should be asking on a routine basis. It is a way to improve continuously rather than reactively responding to issues as they occur. Processes can become the ghosts of needs that no longer exist. They continue to inhabit our organizations because they are not brought into the light. These ghosts reduce productivity and sap resources. Why then do they persist?
Of all the data on COVID infections, deaths, and vaccinations, one recent statistic is the most telling. 99.5% of the people dying of COVID in the U.S. were unvaccinated. Nearly all vaccinated people are protected even if they might rarely suffer minor or modest illness. Most of us know this, but some are still waiting for more evidence ruling out potential unknown future risks. Others are concerned about extremely rare side-effects that are not as prevalent or as risky as serious illness or death from COVID.