Boss to subordinate to quiet mediocrity

Boxes of iPhones


(photo: We can approach our day trying to maintain things or trying to become remarkable Рwhich is what our customers want)

Boss: Do everything you’re supposed to do plus one or two projects that add great value to our department.

Subordinate: Hmm… Ok. Sounds good. (Then quietly thinks to herself, “So you’re saying do a ‘good’ job at my day job, and do one or two great things on the side?”)

What this tells the employee is that pursuing excellence, you know, being freaking remarkable at your day job, is not the main focus.

What if the ‘side-project’ was to¬†become the main project?

All day.



A category of one.

Too high?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.