Berger Leadership Blog

Sep 05, 2014

Challenging more than the status quo


Most everyone in a leadership position has heard the phrase “challenge the status quo.€ Maybe you'€™ve even said it once or twice. But before you challenge said status quo, look at whether the change you have in mind will improve your organization, your operations and your team. describes three important things to keep in mind before beginning any status quo challenge. They include:

- The goal. Never lose sight of your organization’s goals when evaluating change.

- The customer - or member. Keep in mind the credit union way of putting members'€™ interests first.

- The organization. Make sure your team is on board and understands your vision.

Keeping those three things in mind – challenge away. But while you’re evaluating the status quo, drill down a bit. In Forbes, contributor Mike Myatt provides a list of 10 things every leader should challenge. Several stuck out for me, including:

- Challenge the promise. Is the product or service you’re offering to your members deliverable and sustainable? Are you keeping your promise to them?

- Challenge the complex. Great leaders challenge all things complex, and if they're smart, they look to simplify everything, the article states. Whether it'€™s strategy, organization, process, or execution, if it'€™s complex it needs to be reimagined.

- Challenge yourself. We, as leaders, need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

What do you think? Are there other areas of your organization or even your own leadership style that you think are worth challenging?