Is progress held up by policy? That’s the question I asked several people a few years ago. This post provides a link to the article in which I reported my findings.Read More
In 1993 the DJ Norman Jay told Sheryl Garratt, writing for The Face:
If you believe in what you’re doing, sooner or later those who rejected you will cross the street to see what you’re doing.
I love that quote. I think it applies to any situation in which someone is trying to change the way things are done – or at least trying to make a few relatively minor changes – in an environment where most people feel they have no compelling reason to change anything. Many ICT leaders will certainly know that feeling!
So, what could that quote mean in your situation?
Last week I was in Brentwood, Essex, UK, and in need of a bite to eat, so I popped into the Crown Street Café, which is in, er, Crown Street.
I was struck by this notice at the bottom of the menu:
We’re always exhorted to do something different, but what if the basic principles of what you’re doing are pretty sound? Perhaps sometimes putting old wine into new bottles is better than producing new wine.