The definition of insanity as quoted by Albert Einstein is, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Based on that definition are you insane? Is the company you work for insane? Perhaps you may say “no” right away but please step back and think about it.
A company I once worked for once launched product after, after product relatively the same the way and every one of them failing. They called this “trial and error”, “live and learn” but I think our friend Mr. Einstein would beg to differ. Einstein would probably call that a little “cuckoo”.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not like this company enjoyed to be constantly failing but they were at their core a heavily sales focused company. Again there is nothing wrong with this type of corporate mentality except when it gets in the way being realistic, when it gets in the way of knowing when to change. With each product launch sales executives all thought this would be “the one” to save the company and after each failure it not the system that failed but everything else that failed. Executives clung the corporate system and culture they created, using it unchanged failure after failure like a gambling addict at the craps table hoping one more roll of the dice will be the one to strike it rich.
Well this was not the place for me and sometimes…“You got know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk and know when to run.” (Well-said Kenny.)