Adapting to your work environment simply to fit in, is the low road. We all have to get along at work, relationships matter a great deal. But, that shouldn’t stop each of you from being a unique individual that thinks, acts, and influences a bit differently. That also shouldn’t stop you as a leader from promoting others to think a bit differently and encouraging them to consider “insight from the outside” that could make a difference.
If everyone continues to walk along the very same path, very little will be discovered. All dutifully marching on the same path is essentially repeating the same year of experience over and over and over. An organization can remain in this status quo unless one or more of you think and act differently. As denoted in Shaw’s quote below, choose to be the unreasonable person. The one seeking to make a difference.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw —