Have you ever noticed that people conform?
If your boss comes into work wearing a pin strip suit it will spread. Before you know it, there will be wall to wall pin stripes.
If your boss is more of a creative type — skinny jeans and a hipster beard — then you can rest assured that facial hair will become all the rage.
People conform, it is human nature, we are tribal.
Conformity is great:
- It makes us feel like we belong
- It prevents disagreements
- It reduces personal risk
Can you have a risk free disagreement with your boss? Even if it is only about the colour of his suit? Conformity protects.
Once you start to conform then it won’t only be your clothes. You will also start to think the same way as everybody else. You will like the same things and see the same problems. It is inevitable.
Agreement and consensus aren’t always good.
Uninformed consensus around a bad decision doesn’t stop it being a bad decision.
Agreeing with bad decisions, just to keep the status quo, is a very risky way to run a business.
Besides which, unless you are in your twenties, skinny jeans are a mistake. No matter where you work.
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