Challenging the status quo is defined as asking “why” and then identifying new and better ways of doing things.
Anyone can challenge the status quo. One way to ensure that your leaders and teams will succeed is by creating an environment to challenge the status quo. After all, real change starts with you. You must give yourself permission to question the status quo of your organization and invite your team to join you.
Maintaining the status quo is a form of risk aversion, and it serves a purpose in a static environment. This “status quo bias” can oftentimes blind leadership from considering alternative courses of action to improve efficiency and profitability. According to Howard Schultz, “Any business today that embraces the status quo as an operating principle is going to be in a death march.”
Challenging the status quo takes bravery, involves risk and requires the ability to tolerate uncertainty for a while, but it can lead to positive changes and innovation. Challenging the status quo is about getting comfortable with making positive change a part of the organisational fabric.
Let’s push the boundaries, get outside of our comfort zone, ask the right questions at the right time that will challenge the status quo and we will reap the rewards.
Millennials value disruption more than any generation before. Many brands and businesses today are thriving because they aren’t afraid to do something new and make a splash.
In order to become more effective, there are ways to combat status quo bias.
- Be yourself
- Have a mission statement
- Know your strengths
In the book, Originals: How Non-Conformist Move The World, Adam Grant says those who “challenge the status quo tend to be more open to new ideas and less threatened by the contribution from others. They care more about making the organization better than about defending it as it stands. They’re motivated to advance the organization’s mission, which means they’re not so loyal that they turn a blind eye to its shortcomings.”
Exit your comfort zone and encourage employees to do the same. Experience new perspectives and see how blind spots prevent your business from thriving.