Seth Godin wrote about this the other day:
- ...... unless there's an urgent reason to make something better right now, most organizations naturally don't volunteer to improve. Operating systems, government programs, established non-profits, teachers with tenure, market leaders, businesses with long-standing customers--these organizations are all facing an uphill battle in creating a culture where there's an urgency to improve.
Changing something in racing - anything - adds risk. And in a business that is extremely risk tolerant at its core (people in the business buy a yearling for hundreds of thousands of dollars which may not be able to run or pace or trot), this is flummoxing. However, it probably stems from people not wanting to be responsible for failure.
- Risk brings fear, because that means someone is going to be held responsible, and so the lizard brain wants out.