"He who will not apply new remedies must expect old evils."–Francis Bacon
Many times we are surprised to find ourselves in the same dysfunctional and uncomfortable position we have been in before. We expect circumstances or other people to make changes. More frequently, we don't consider it at all. As leaders we often assume that our followers need to make changes, or we wait for changes in the external environment, only to find that they never come. We simply do what we've always done and hope that this time the results will be different.
It might be that the new way to approach our old problem is to take ownership of the situation. We have to be accountable to make the change. The old evils are often simply the ouputs of our decisions and approach. Leaders understand it is their responsibility and within their power to make the difference and to change what needs to be changed.
The good news is that any new remedy will at least provide different results…hopefully improved ones. If you are willing to try at least something in a new way as a solution you will often find it improves at least some dimension of the situation. If not, it may at least give you a new perspective. This movement in action can often begin the momentum needed to develop a successful solution.