Some people (and businesses) often strive for the mundane and average because it’s safer and easier.
Before you ask for exemplary efforts from your employees, your team, your managers, your partner, first ask yourself: “Do I really want that?”
Everybody wants the best right? Wrong. We all have the ability to be great. And some of us for are willing to put in the work to get there and the additional work to stay there. But once we’re there perhaps the most surprising thing is discovering that the rest of the world is perfectly content with being average.
Think about it. When most people talk about their favorite actor actress it’s often not because under extraordinary talent. “I like that guy,” they’ll say. “He seems like a regular person.” And read any dating profile online and most will state: “I’m just looking for someone normal.”
We tend to do the same thing in business. We may want to be the best but often just okay is just fine.
“Don’t take too long with this one. Just get it done.”
“I think you’ll be bored with this job. You seem overqualified.”
“Who cares what we paid for it? We need to cut our losses.”
As a society, we like the concept of being a superhero but really don’t want to put in the work, put up with the dangers, or risk the chance of falling from grace. It may be fun being the Incredible Hulk but those mood swings and wardrobe costs must grow weary.
Perhaps one reason people do not give their all at the workplace is because their best is not wanted. Businesses expect to get the most out of employees but in truth they are not willing to respond in kind.
Really experienced employees will cost you more money. Really smart employees Will challenge the way you do business. And really hard working employees might aggravate the rest of the staff and will leave quickly when a better opportunity arises.
In business, as in life or love, we get back what we put out. Want to find the person of your dreams? Then be that person. The same goes for your business. Don’t make idle promises that you know you will never keep. Don’t downplay the importance of doing a good job. Don’t expect A-level work from B-level players. And don’t expect an exemplary staff, unless you’re an exemplary leader.