When someone says “why reinvent the wheel?”


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When someone says “Why reinvent the wheel?” , I am tempted to think that the person is trying to maintain the status quo and avoid change, change that is inevitable, change that is better embraced than resisted.

I do agree that there could be times and situations where you really do not need to reinvent the wheel. However, I believe that if you put your thoughts on a topic, you can always find ways to improve upon your previous attempts.

It is even more important if you are talking about any of the important functions in your organizations like sales, marketing, finance, production, etc.

In today’s hyper-connected, highly competitive and ever changing world, this ability to constantly challenge the status quo could very well be the decisive factor in the success or failure of the organization.

The key is in finding out when and which process do you reinvent every day, week or month and which ones you decide not to.

So, as leaders it is important that we stop, take notice and think whenever someone pops this proverbial question – Why re-invent the wheel..

PS: If someone had decided not to re-invent the wheel, we would not have all of the things that we now take for granted..

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Mukesh Gupta
I currently work for SAP as Customer advocate. In this capacity, I am responsible to ensure that the voice of the customer is being heard and play the bridge between customers and SAP. Prior to joining SAP, I have worked with different organizations serving in different functions like customer service, logistics, production planning & sales, marketing and business development functions. I was also the founder-CEO of a start-up called "Innovative Enterprises". The venture was in the retail & distribution business. I blog at http://rmukeshgupta.com.


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