We’ve always done it that way

We've always done it that way

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about approving memberships, and how some associations make it far too complicated. (You can read that here.) It's a good example of "we've always done it that way."

Anyone who has been around for more than a few days has probably encountered this line. "We've always done it that way" is equivalent to saying "I don't know, that's how I was told to do it." (Which is also an answer I hear too often.)

The best way to respond to that answer is to ask "But why? Why do we do it that way?" If the why can't be answered, it might be time to trash the process itself.

So take a look at any process within your organization that doesn't make immediate sense, and ask "Why? Why are we doing it this way?" The answer might scare you (and you might be able to eliminate some time-wasting processes!).

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

Eventually automated emails get ignored

April 14, 2021

Eventually automated emails get ignored During the discovery and development phase of implementing a new …

Eventually automated emails get ignored Read More »

The challenge the AMS providers see

April 7, 2021

The challenge the AMS providers see Over the years I’ve asked AMS providers what they …

The challenge the AMS providers see Read More »

Be careful about “solutioning” too quickly

March 31, 2021

Be careful about “solutioning” too quickly One of the great things about software developers is …

Be careful about “solutioning” too quickly Read More »

What’s our next action?

March 24, 2021

What’s our next action? As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time in …

What’s our next action? Read More »

Don’t automate for the sake of automation

March 17, 2021

Don’t automate for the sake of automation I’m the laziest person in the world. I …

Don’t automate for the sake of automation Read More »

Don’t forget about what got better

March 10, 2021

Don’t forget about what got better Negativity bias is the tendency to focus on only …

Don’t forget about what got better Read More »

Give a little at a time rather than taking away

March 3, 2021

Give a little at a time rather than taking away I’m sure there’s research somewhere …

Give a little at a time rather than taking away Read More »

First, you gotta have the data

February 17, 2021

First, you gotta have the data When I work with clients on a new AMS …

First, you gotta have the data Read More »

Work on your relationship with your AMS vendor

February 10, 2021

Work on your relationship with your AMS vendor It is no coincidence that my most …

Work on your relationship with your AMS vendor Read More »

Dashboards for Data Integrity

February 3, 2021

Dashboards for Data Integrity I’ve written a bunch on data integrity reports. (Click here for …

Dashboards for Data Integrity Read More »

Scroll to Top