Holding a company “why” day

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“Business as usual” is a load of crap. It leads to too much floating, too much status quo. Do you see it too?

It’s time we abandon ingrained company assumptions and dismiss company urban legends. Time to shed egos, dismantle best practices and stop blindly towing the company line.

It’s time we questioned all our practices, policies, assumptions, creeds, titles and mission statements.

Back to basics? Sure. But it’s more than that. We need to have a day where everyone in the company from janitor to CEO questions “why” we do the things we do and how we do them. Don’t hold back, question it all.

We need to welcome a day of fresh eyes and fresh ideas.

So let me ask you this…when will you have your company “why” day and question it all?

Happy Monday!

Picture credit: Alexander Yee, Flickr

5 Responses

  1. This is really good.

    Can you imagine what would happen, even just with company morale, if EVERYONE was asked to collectively ask “why?”

    Somewhat off-topic, but also somewhat relevant, I heard a friend quote Donald Miller (writer) that the Bible is more of a “Why” book than a “How-to” book. Changing the paradigm of how you think of something, be it the Bible or your business, can completely enlighten otherwise darkened areas.

    Perhaps for us, the better statement would be to think of your business in terms of “Why we do this” rather than “What we do.”

    OK, now if I can just rally the troops here at the office . . . .

  2. Bill,

    This is a game changing idea.

    A lot of us talk about questioning everything and challenging the status quo, but you can’t deny that this mentality is much harder when the avalanche of daily progress covers you. Why not build the idea into corporate culture and involve everyone in the process?

    Great idea!

  3. Chris,

    I agree, it is hard to have a “why” day. And why do you think that is? Are we afraid of what we may find? Is the effort involved? Is it seen as a fruitless and pointless exercise (“we’re doing okay” mentality)?

    Thanks for joining in.

  4. Brett,

    Let me know how it goes there. It’s been difficult on my home front to have a “why” day. I’d take a “why” hour at the moment. Anyone else seeing positives or push back from a “why” day?

  5. […] understand or isn’t adding value to the organization, cut it out. This brilliant idea can be credited to Bill Gammell. Here’s how he describes it: “Business as usual” is a load of crap. It leads to too much […]

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