We all have given our best efforts to task at one time or another. And the effort of giving 100+% is often demanding and fatiguing. Would it be fair to settle for 99.9% on occasion? It seems like that is still a great effort. But, think of it this way, if 99.9% was an acceptable standard:
In the next hour 22,000 checks would be deducted from the wrong bank account!
And tomorrow…12 babies would be given to the wrong parents!
Everyone faces adversity sometime. I guess that is why it is a topic everyone can relate to. When thumbing through some old files, I found this story. It put a smile on my face, so I thought I would share.
There will always be segments of society and organizations that are resistant to changes, and slow to accept innovation. By contrast, some are so excited by every new thing that they hastily run down every rabbit trail. The sad result is the waste that can occur by either action.
I find the following a sad example of how tragic reluctance to accept new ideas can be. It is historical account of refusal to embrace change, and how it affected a whole nation.
I believe John Maxwell suggested that ‘intuition’ be listed as one of his 21 Leadership laws in the best seller ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’. Leaders today are in desperate need of developing and exercising this skill. Unfortunately, much like speed to a football player, intuition for a leader is not a classroom product.
Every leader should have a common goal of adding value to others. True leadership builds upon relationships which are created by contributing to the growth of others, and an organization. Let’s face it, every time we ratchet up the confidence, skill sets, and capabilities of our team, the organization gains value. Realistically, this is THE way to make any organization better in a competitive society. In any arena, there is only two ways to make the team better. Get new players, or make the players better. (replacing the leader hopefully is not an option).