The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our situation is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves if we are to save our country.
--- Abraham Lincoln, December 1862
Dogma is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
--- Steve Jobs
Remarkable people have ditched dogma and instead lead by example.
When I Google the meaning of dogma I get
“a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.”
Dogma is trouble wherever you find it. It's where what someone in authority says is more important than the original sound principle on which the dogma is based.
We see this in religion of course where a good principle articulated by Buddha as below for example is overruled by dogma (and therefore behaviour) making a lie of the good principle.
“All spirituality is about relieving suffering.” Buddha
Dogma being what we follow and how we behave, rather than living by the good principle on which the dogma is based in our own best way, is true in most places including your workplace.
Steve Jobs got it right I reckon:
The great spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi articulated what I think is a principle highly relevant in all of life. He said
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
One of the key questions I ask my clients is "How can you better be the change you want to see in your workplace?" Honest answers lead to ditching dogma and leading by example.
Delight awaits us when we ditch dogma.
Who will you become?
What will you do next?