50 Reasons Why We Cannot Change

  • We’ve never done it before.
  • Nobody else has ever done it.
  • It has never been tried before.
  • We tried it before.
  • Another company/person tried it before.
  • We’ve been doing it this way for 25 years.
  • It won’t work in a small company.
  • It won’t work in a large company.
  • It won’t work in our company.
  • Why change — it’s working OK.
  • The boss will never buy it.
  • It needs further investigation.
  • Our competitors are not doing it.
  • It’s too much trouble to change.
  • Our company is different.
  • The ad department says it can’t be done.
  • Sales department says it can’t be done.
  • The service department won’t like it.
  • The janitor says it can’t be done.
  • It can’t be done.
  • We don’t have the money.
  • We don’t have the personnel.
  • We don’t have the equipment.
  • The union will scream.
  • It’s too visionary.
  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  • It’s too radical a change.
  • It’s beyond my responsibility.
  • It’s not my job.
  • We don’t have the time.
  • It will obsolete other procedures.
  • Customers won’t buy it.
  • It’s contrary to policy.
  • It will increase overhead.
  • The employees will never buy it.
  • It’s not our problem.
  • I don’t like it.
  • You’re right, but ….
  • We’re not ready for it.
  • It needs more thought.
  • Management won’t accept it.
  • We can’t take the chance.
  • We’d lose money on it.
  • It takes too long to pay out.
  • We’re doing all right as it is.
  • It needs committee study.
  • Competition won’t like it.
  • It needs sleeping on.
  • It won’t work in this department.
  • It’s impossible.

E.F. Borish — Product Manager, Milwaukee Gear Company, Product Engineering Magazine

http://www.fastcompany.com/55009/50-reasons-why-we-cannot-change