Myths. Beliefs. Conventional wisdom. Even our own eyes get in our way. Consider what happened to Galileo. In 1589, he gathered the world’s most learned professors to the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a demonstration to disprove a 2,000 year old physics principle of Aristotle’s: the heavier an object is, the faster it will fall to earth.
From the top of the tower, Galileo simultaneously dropped a ten pound and a one pound weight, which landed at the same time. But conventional wisdom was so powerful, change so threatening, and herd mentality so prevalent, all the scholars denied the truth they’d just seen demonstrated.
Today, over four hundred years later, people who manage and lead in workplaces across the country are doing the 21st-century equivalent of not believing what’s happening in front of their eyes. And they’re not alone.
At every level, perpetuated mistruths linger. From hourly staff to individual contributions and senior leaders, too many people still operate as if the workplace hasn’t changed, managing philosophies from last century still apply, and research on performance, motivation, and trust hasn’t evolved in 50 years.
Consider a few myths from last century that continue to thrive: Change must start from the top; money is (continue reading →)