We learn something every day, and lots of times its that what we’ve learned the day before was wrong.” – Bill Vaughan
In The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has An Expiration Date, Samuel Arbesman makes the same point.
More of us would do well to remember that things we think stay true are actually changing, maybe not day-to-day, week-to-week, or month-to-month, but over years, decades, or lifetimes.
When you can appreciating the passing of facts then you are better able to see which organizational behaviors, favorite policies, or overly worn events deserve to go away forever. You’ll see the need to change early and that jump start on making the change may mean the difference for your organization.
What facts in your organization are past their prime and deserve to be replaced by their modern successors?