“Stupidity is doing the same thing and expecting different results” is a para-phrase said to have been uttered by the one and only Albert Einstein (however, a little more research will probably show you that this particular phrase is attributed to many!).
It is mostly due to my profession that I can sometimes picture him in black and white colours, other times in sepia, calling this out (in English) with a funny German accent.
Like the saying implies, there are indeed many examples from our everyday life and career that could have had a better-serving outcome, if those involved managed, thought, spoke and acted upon the situation in a different manner.
I have pinpointed that the complication lies in the fact that the purpose of the above is dominated (with the best of intentions in mind) by certain rules, musts and mustn’ts as well as the usual “this is how it’s always been done in the past” or “this is not possible”. The environment (financial, political, local) may also play a part and in many cases we feel we are dependent on it, especially when we are not being “heard out”.
We tend to expect a different outcome by doing the same things, by abiding to the same, unchanged, fixed rules and –without our contribution, change or responsibility- we also expect something different from our environment to which we will magically be heard out to. If possible, we would like it all to occur today… or tomorrow at the latest as we have a wedding we need to attend at the weekend and there’s no time to waste!
I am a father and during this period I am managing two companies which happen to be in two completely different and attractive fields. Upon logging in to LinkedIn, you can easily do your due diligence on the matter of “who’s the chap behind this article?” and it may even provide you with a reason as to why one may continue reading…
At the same time, I study, I process, I try out and I learn.
I consult and train myself and others given the implicit one rule: THERE ARE RULES! But some of them we can learn to change and/or recreate in order for them to serve us better!
And since rules can change, whether they are our own or whether they have been instilled by others, the answer as to how we can re-visit them, in what way we can decide to apply them and how we can manage them, is our own personal choice. With the best of intentions; they serve us by bringing us the results we desire, just as Einstein once said!
As of today and once per month, one of my articles will be published on human behaviour and management; after all, it is us who create and define companies, visions, societies, families, couples, parents, friends and businesspeople and likewise it is us who shape rules and patterns of thinking. By altering these, we contribute our little bit to help nudge the universe to conspire in our advantage, and also give Coelhio a reason to smile…
Via proven experience, science, real examples and practical thinking we are able to apply what we learn to any context we choose.
Our two-pence worth for avoiding stupidity!
And somewhat like this, we avoid stupidity!
PS: This article was published in Greek in epixeiro.gr