BANNED – ‘Because we’ve always done it like that’

One of the silliest things people say when asked why things are done in a certain way: “Because we’ve always done it like that.” This is NEVER the answer, and always stifles creative thinking.

Ban it from your workplace! Not just $1 in the cookie jar, ban people from saying it. Ever. Shift their thinking towards the new. Look at things afresh. See how they might be. Not how they are. Don’t concentrate on the job getting people to change. Think about how greater things can be.

If in doubt, read this. And then this. And never utter it again. Full stop!

Ooowww… I feel better now that’s out of my system 🙂

About the author

Charlie has spent more than 20 years in Perth’s tech and startup sector, firstly as a founder himself, through to exit, and more recently as a writer, advisor and investor. Originally from the UK, Charlie worked in Singapore before arriving in Perth in 1997 to do an MBA at UWA. Graduating as top student in 1999 he set up online real estate business, running it for 10 years before selling to REIWA, whereupon Charlie ran In 2013, he moved to Business News to lead their digital transformation as CEO, and then worked for the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program, funding pre-revenue startups and innovative businesses. He now works in an advisory capacity for multiple tech and other businesses, is managing editor of Startup News and co-host of the Startup West podcast. He also writes a column for Business News on startups. Charlie sits on the advisory boards of WA Leaders, TEDxPerth, WAITTA, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and the full board of Rise Network.

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