I was traveling with the CEO and several other vice presidents from our company. We were discussing how the expertise and culture at our company had not evolved over the past decade and what a terrible challenge that represented for our leadership team. Our CEO offered, “Someone who repeats the same year of their life fifteen times doesn’t have 15 years of experience; they have one year of experience repeated fifteen times.” That thought really stuck with me. We had a lot of people that fit that bill. What are leaders facing? Many people in today’s economy have pigeon-holed themselves by what they haven’t done during their careers: evolve and grow. Many of these pigeon-holed people stayed in the same industry, primarily in the same job and feel entitled to that job for the contribution they’ve made over the years.

How much experience do you have? Are you evolving and growing, or repeating what you have always done?