A good example of this is the IT veep who takes a meeting with a vendor without any of his staff. That's already troubling, but if he comes away thinking he's being conservative by agreeing to buy a bunch more disks, servers, and licenses than are necessary for a particular project, "to be on the safe side" and to "guarantee project success," counterarguments are generally useless. IT winds up building a massive infrastructure for a minimal load or, worse, leaving tons of hardware and software licenses sitting in the storage room, never to be used. At a time when budgets are still tight, this can be intensely frustrating for, say, the network admin who's been trying in vain for years to replace aging and failing remote-site routers and firewalls.
At home, I don't care if you use a black Bakelite dial phone and kick back with an antique Trash 80 to write emails to mom. But at work, the instinct to stick with the old stuff you're familiar with, while reflexibly rejecting the new, is a good way to run your job and your business into the ground. I'm not saying you should be a pushover for the shiny and new, either. But at a time when tech is changing faster than ever and the pressure to move quickly while cutting costs has never been higher, you need to leave personal prejudices behind make the tough technology calls on their own merits.
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