How to Challenge Your Organization’s Status Quo — Productively

Challenging the status quo is the mechanism that leads to innovation and improvement. But doing so can feel risky, leading you to self-censor and shy away from speaking up. Challenging the status quo calls into play context, personalities, and self-interest, and could bruise egos, reveal poor performance, redistribute power, or upend hierarchy. So how should you go about sharing an idea or feedback that goes against the status quo? In working with organizations around the world, the author has learned that challenging the status quo requires not only courage, but skill. Here are 10 concrete steps to build that skill, mitigate the risk, and increase the chances of success.

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