Stop Drinking The Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Do you have harmony and bliss within your organization? Are you celebrating every single day? Does your team feel like close-knit family?

Well, that sounds nice, but it could signal that your organization has become too myopic, too closed, and out of touch. You need to ask yourself, are we really that incredibly awesome, or are we “Drinking the Kool Aid”?

This week’s video talks about the huge downfalls that await an organization that has lost it’s self awareness. I’ve encountered groups that lack any porousness (won’t allow outside opinions in), edit out diversity (lack of different or dissenting ideas/opinions), and apply serious blinders (edit out any feedback that doesn’t back up the story they are telling inside of their cocoon), and these organizations ultimately make terrible decisions and start alienating their own audience.

So, if you find yourself wildly in agreement with everyone in your organization, don’t celebrate this. Instead, ask yourself if you are “Drinking the Kool Aid.”

Remembering @jeffrey + @skaw’s lesson from many years back that drove @threadless’ ability to stay fresh.