St Thomas Aquinas Said….

St Thomas Aquinas said….:

“We must love them both – those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject.  For both have labored in search for truth, and both have helped us in the finding of it”.

Great quote. Great thought.  Great perspective.

To a point, then I must agree to disagree.

Following the status quo, or “That’s the way we’ve always done it”, doesn’t seem to require as much laboring as does challenging the status quo.

Challenging the status quo is a lonely place.  A very lonely place.

Take exercise.  And to my dismay, we don’t see pictures of or hear stories of Walt Disney making exercise a priority. Sure, he played polo as far as we know.

However, Disney has taught me to eat, drink, sleep and breath excellence. Take Alfred Prokschin.  At age 100, he won a Gold medal two weeks ago at the WMA Masters Tarck & Field World Championships in Lahti, Finland:

If not you, who? If not today, when?  Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.

One reply on “St Thomas Aquinas Said….”

Dear Jeff,

I agree with you on this wholeheartedly. Challenging the status quo doesn’t mean that you are just a skeptic…it shows that you aren’t satisfied with just passively hitching your wagon to the way things have always been. That doesn’t mean throwing out what is already good or working just because it isn’t new. But it does mean being willing to “test” things as they are to see how it can be improved or maybe even removed.

That is one of the biggest shortcomings I have seen in most training and development programs out there. Where is the “E” in the ADDIE approach (Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate) to developing great, targeted training? A lot of training that is done just stops at implementation, as if to say, “Whew, we are done. Now it will run itself.” But that isn’t seeking to provide truly excellent training, because you must constantly evaluate to see if it works or not. This is where bucking the status quo comes in. Try new ways to present to the class that may help them to understand better. And if it is no longer effective, move onto a better way.

I remember going to a class a couple of years ago, and the instructor walked in with his dingy laminate sheets and grease pencils and laid them on the overhead projector. He had been teaching this same class for 20 years at a hefty admission cost, but his materials hadn’t changed in the 20 years. He had been willing to just do the status quo out of ease for him at the educational detriment of his customers. In the meantime, the industry had moved on to the point that some of what he was saying wasn’t even true anymore (not to mention the medium for presentation was now computers, LCD projectors, and some type of presentation software like PowerPoint). So by not trying to stay current in the content or the method of presentation, excellence was compromised in a major way.

Encouraging those to seek the best,

Bob

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