When people stop learning, lose curiosity, ignore their professional community, and focus entirely on the weeds of day to day business, bad things happen. Formerly productive employees, even those who have been critical to the success of an organization, become impediments. Rather than helping with the next stage of a company’s evolution, they become entitled, tenured obstacles, simultaneously making life miserable for the people who still believe in the mission. Rules and bu
Being a workplace dinosaur is not about age or any other unchangeable characteristic. Also, it isn’t about technical literacy. Relevance is developed and renewed by continuously developing and productively contributing your talents in new ways. A workplace dinosaur is any one of us who have lost relevance. Frighteningly, we might not be aware of it. This irrelevance can start very young or happen slowly over time. However, those who have fully devolved or who have always been
Relevance in the workplace is a snapshot of our contribution level as experienced by others. It is not a static achievement like a college degree, but a living thing that we must constantly nurture and renew. It’s a measure of how much people value the contribution we are making today, seasoned by the contribution people expect we’ll make in the future.
Relevance is not always transferable. Employees, colleagues, bosses, customers, and suppliers all have their own perspec