So a colleague has this sticker (with a do not image) on their computer that says:
"But we've always done it that way."
They told me a funny story about the lady that made the ham with the head and tail ends always cut off.
One day, her daughter asked, "Why mom do you make the ham with the head and tail ends always cut off?"
The mother answers and says because "My mother always made it that way!"
So they went to her mother and ask the question and they get the same answer again.
Finally, they went to her great grandmother and ask, "Why do you always make the ham with the head and tail ends cut off?"
And the old lady takes a breath, pauses, and says, "Because, we didn't have a pan big enough to fit the whole ham!"
Just thought this was a great lesson on critical thinking and also on "asking why."
Change can be brought about by questioning underlying assumptions and historical ways of doing things and bringing an open mind and fresh light to it. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)