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Deviation From The Norm

August 2, 2015 2 comments

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible – Frank Zappa

The further a new idea deviates from the norm, the more resistance there will be to its adoption – and the deviance/resistance relationship is ominously nonlinear:

Deviation From The Norm

Since it’s human nature to prefer the familiar over the comfortable, passionate purveyors of new ideas that have proven to work for themselves and their orgs better take heed: the way you promote a deviant idea matters.

The more radical your idea, the more graceful you must be in your advocacy in order for the idea to have any chance of infiltrating the mainstream. If both your idea and your approach are radically extreme, then you’ll likely be perceived as a frontal assault idiot by not only those few in power, but those many on the front lines who would otherwise become your allies.


Even if you eschew a militant stance and adopt a graceful approach toward getting your deviant idea widely accepted, the odds are still stacked against you because of the powerful “familiar over comfortable” force field that keeps the status quo in place.



Norm And Dick

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Since the main activity of some management chains seems to be preventing deviations from the norm, I propose that all managers change their names to “Norm“.  It would complement “DICk” nicely, no?

Without deviation from the “Norm“, there can be no progress – Frank Zappa


February 21, 2010 2 comments

Why are you behaving this way”? I’ve been asked that question quite frequently – mostly by a person higher up in a chain of authority with an approved title. My stock answer has always been something to the effect: “to expose errors, ambiguity, and mistakes so that they can be corrected and the whole can grow, develop, and temporarily arrest the growth in entropy that eventually destroys all closed systems“.  Even though that response has often stunned the questioner into a frozen silence, it’s never been enough to counter the pre-conceived opinion they have formed: “I’m a bad person who doesn’t care about the feelings of others“. Bummer.

Most of the time, I’m fully prepared for the external  “asshole judgment” and it bounces right off of me. At other times, and thank god (little “g” in “god” on purpose) it doesn’t happen that often, it pierces my heart and triggers a massive case of angst and discomfort. It sux to be human, no?

How about U? Do U ever get asked asked about your deviant behavior from the norm by those that are charged with judging U because of the inherent design of CCH bureaucracies? If not, why not? Is it because U are a saint who gets along with all souls? Is it because you suppress your individuality in order to conform to what is expected of good little children? What’s your story?

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