It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. This wonderful quote of Leon C. Megginson is still so relevant in our fast changing world. That's why it's important for you to break your routines once in a while and be innovative at work. In practice however we're pretty much stuck in our habits.
Why is it so difficult to break our routines? It's hard because our brain is programmed to recognize patterns and to respond automatically. That's why you don't think anymore on 'how to drive a car', 'which route to take to the office' or 'how to log in to your computer'.
The Indian business tycoon, Azim Premji once said: "When the rate of change outside is more than what is inside, be sure that the end is near." So learning to break your patterns is essential in leading your organization to change. First of all, I like to suggest 5 simple practical exercises to help you become aware of your pattern: