Is "It" a Policy or Is "It" Tradition

Sometimes we have to look at the history of why we do things. Is it really necessary to continue some of the things that we do or do we do them just because we are comfortable doing it that way?

A mother and daughter were preparing a roast for a family dinner. The daughter cut the ends off of the roast before putting it in the roaster, just as she was taught. She asked her mother, “why do we cut the ends off of the roast before we cook it?” “I am not sure,” said the mother. “I guess it makes it taste better, but let’s go ask grandma.”

So they went to ask grandma. “Grandma?” asked the mother. “why did you teach me to cut the ends off of the roast before cooking it?”

“Because it makes the roast taste better,” responded Grandma. “Besides, that is the way my mother taught me. Let’s go ask her.”

So then the three of them went to the person who started the tradition of cutting of the ends off of the roast.

“Great Grandmother why do you cut the ends off of the roast before you cook it? Does it make the roast taste better?”

“Heavens no,” said the great grandmother. “I cut the ends off of the end of the roast because that is the only way I could get it to fit into the pan I used.”

When you are told we can't do something because it is against policy, ask to see the written policy. Many times it is tradition not a rule.  "We have always done it this way."

Do not take status quo as rule. Change needs to happen.