Complacency – Somewhere, in my past, I came across a discussion stemming from the question, What is mankinds’ greatest weakness?
Well, lo and behold, there are several, if not many. But the question above just asks for 1 …… ONE …. the “all inclusive”. If there could be 1 that forms the basis for all our other downfalls, leading to our ( yours, mine and humanity as a whole) eventual demise. What would it be?
COMPLACENCY ….. plain and simple
This thought stemmed early this morning from enjoying a coffee and reading the program for a Spring Convention coming up in June, somewhere on our “Toastmaster Globe” and looking over their program offering. I always go to the program offerings to see what new, innovative and educational sessions I can take in, to perhaps learn something, meet at new speaker, or observe a new presentation technique from the feature presenters.
I compared it to several Toastmaster convention/conference programs I have taken part in, in the past and thought, “Wow, this is really good”.
How many times have we seen, and continue to see, the “same old – same old”, being executed round and round with little to NO change, addition or variation to the offering. It is just the same thing that has been “offered and done” in a “been there, done that” – “ground hog day” scenario ( I recommend that movie, by the way). Well, this leads to our boredom not only as partakers, but stifles us in our thinking. We fall into this “complacency trap”, doing the same old because, I guess, it’s just easy and the results are 99% predictable, like de-ja-vu.
Complacency is also an individuals’ greatest weakness, as we see, sometimes and luckily, not always, speakers presenting in the same way, the same technique, almost using the SAME words, after several manuals and 10’s of speeches. You think that after giving that many speeches, that even the speaker would be bored silly, into doing something new, using different words, even throwing in a new jesture or two.
From companies failing to innovate, and individuals failing to grow and do something new in their repertoire, complacency can be found most anywhere. Are you complacent? If you are, why? Does it work for you? Complacency has its place. Please feel free to share in the comments. Until next post !