The End of Company Sanctioned Mediocrity
When organizations first begin there is so much excitement and palpable energy that every action is taken with the goal of excellence. The environment within the organization is agile, adaptive, and passion driven. This atmosphere can last for months of even years, if you are lucky. Eventually it will befall the same fate as every other company. One day you will look up and notice that your company is not longer acting on passion, but on process and status quo.
Process, inherently is not a bad thing, however, too many processes can allow mediocrity to take root in your organization. People begin cc-ing everyone on emails for CYA, they begin laying blame instead of taking ownership, and while not written or stated out loud, company sanctioned mediocrity becomes SOP.
“Not my company!” you might be saying. Well, you’re wrong. The change can be seen on the majority of your employees. On a team member’s first day they are eager and want to take on the entire world. Slowly they start slipping into minimally acceptable results and because it fits within the processes of the organization the company essentially sections their fall into mediocrity.
Don’t feel bad, it happens to every organization.
There is hope! Through a conscious effort people in leadership roles within your organization can take the initiative and steer your organization away from mediocrity and towards extraordinary.
How can we do that?
Its time for every manager to become a leader. Its time for ever organization to discard their mission statement and develop their aspiration. Its time to end company sanctioned mediocrity and set the expectation of extraordinary in every action.