Ever been stopped in your tracks by someone who’s “sworn allegiance to the status quo?” We’ve all run into them. Old guard remnants of a previous time, committed to keeping things running the way “we’ve always done it”. What’d you do? Give up? Head fake them and then attempt an end-around? Try to go right over the top of them? Got to admit I tend toward the middle route these days. How about you?
In my early days I would definitely just give up. Then I switched to a pattern of trying to bull my way past them. These days it makes a lot more sense to do a version of the head fake. How’s that? Usually it’s a matter of continuing to talk, looking for common ground, and then trying to find a way past the blockade. Does it always work? No way. But for sure it begins with a commitment to continued conversation.
By the way, some people have a knack for a really well turned phrase, don’t they? The idea of “sworn allegiance to the status quo” comes from Hamel’s Leading the Revolution. Good stuff.