We are the knights who say, “Left!”

Curious why the UK drives on the “other” side of the road?

Here’s an interesting workplace lesson.

When someone says, “well, that’s the way we’ve always done _________,” might be worth trying to understand why they started doing it that way in the first place.

For example, we all know the UK drives on the “other” side of the street. (Turns out, they’re not alone, actually. Lots of other countries do as well.)

But why they drive on the left side could be rooted in history.

Just ask the knights.

“Originally, almost everybody traveled on the left side of the road, according to BBC America. However, their mode of transport was quite different from today: Think four legs instead of four wheels. For Medieval swordsmen on horseback, it made sense to keep to the left to have their right arms closer to their opponents. (Presumably, the 10 to 15 percent of left-handed knights just had to make it work.) Mounting and dismounting were also easier from the left side of the horse, and safer done by the side of the road than in the center.” (Source: Reader’s Digest)

Understanding the why behind a long-standing process or procedure can better equip you to know how to make adjustments as time goes on. Even if that means not making any adjustments.

And now a wise prediction.

Wear a suit of armor to work tomorrow to lead the new employee orientation.

You can also try khakis. Whatever is best for you.

It’d also help if you had a trusty steed.

A wise follow.

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