Why follow CW?

by todaystrainingblog

Why follow CW?

                At this point I can say that I don’t follow conventional wisdom (CW). And to that point I hope I never will. CW is constraining, restrictive, doesn’t allow for creativity or originality. So, therefore, I will continue to think ‘out of the box’! That is where the best ideas come from and problems are solved after all.

                Throughout the earlier years of my career I ‘toed’ the corporate line. I did what I was told blindly, with no thought to originality or creativity. And I believed that was the way to do things. At the time, 30 years ago, I was with Wells Fargo Guard Services and they totally and thoroughly encouraged that thinking from their ‘grunts’. I thought as Major Frank Burns, Larry Linville of M*A*S*H fame, stated during an episode ‘If we don’t follow our leaders blindly and act the same, we can’t be independent and free’.


                Sometimes this has served me well during my career. Other times it hasn’t and I’ve gotten into trouble and even fired for these thoughts and ‘counter-productive’ solutions for clients. They were counter-productive only to the company I worked for, not the people I managed or the clients I worked for. They liked my approaches (mostly).

                This sentiment simply tells me that not following CW is the right path. I never have followed it and I don’t want to start now. I believe that I can do well enough without following everyone else and falling into line with whatever is out there that is new, exciting, or shine. This even falls into the realm of ‘best practices’ in many cases.

                As security professionals it is our duty NOT to follow CW and everybody else. We need to chart the course for our clients and our own companies. So the one thing I tell clients and other people to is simple; don’t follow the rules!

                2 of my favorite business books would leave many of my former bosses tossing in their graves or having a proverbial stroke at the notion of doing things so ‘cockeyed’ as following the advice I give. But, in most cases it works! Even if it doesn’t follow ‘best practices’ or the conventional norm.

                As I said before, CW is not all that great. I firmly believe that CW can, at times, be moldy, old, smelly, & totally useless in a world where things change too fast to keep up. So thumb your noses at CW and try something new, exciting, and bold. Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying ‘I want to put a ding in the universe’, so go put a ding in the security universe!


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