Should your performance be 100%?
And should your organization’s performance be 100%?
In other words, should both your personal and corporate aspirations include doing everything perfectly?
If you answer ‘yes’ to all the above, then I think you could be heading for trouble. Because while you can influence, you cannot possibly control everything. You can set standards, but you cannot expect your staff to meet those standards all of the time. You cannot be everywhere at once. You cannot necessarily influence government policy making. You cannot prevent unforeseen environmental factors impacting on your business.
All of these uncontrollable make the 100% performance aspiration unachievable.
But there’s something else. Another factor. The good old 80/20 rule.
In your organization as a whole—and in your personal performance, the 80/20 rule suggests that 80% of the value resulting from what you or your organization is doing comes from just 20% of your or your organization’s efforts.
Let’s turn that around. The 80/20 rule suggests that 80% of what you or your organization is doing delivers just 20% of the total value.
So, striving for 100% perfection isn’t really the right goal or aspiration, is it?A more useful objective is to look at the 20% of what you or your organization does that delivers 80% of the value … and do more of that!
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