A little girl was watching her mother prepare fish for dinner.
Her mother cut the head and tail off each fish before placing them in the baking pan.
The little girl asked her mother why she did that.
“I don’t know,” she replied. “Your grandmother did it this way.”
So the girl went to her grandmother and asked her the same question.
Grandma thought for a while and replied, “I don’t know. My mother did it that way.”
So the little girl visited her great-grandmother and asked her why she cut off the head and tail of the fish before baking.
Her great-grandmother smiled and answered:
“Because my baking pan was too small.“
Moral of the Story
Just because something’s been done for a long time, doesn’t mean there isn’t a better alternative.
While there are benefits to relying on a tried-and-true approach, creative leaders build a culture that questions the standard operating system of their business.
Great-grandmother did the best she could with the tools she had at the time.
But don’t let the size of her 50-year-old baking dish restrict the way you cook your own food.
What do you think?