I was reading an Article recently by Rev. Chris Michaels. In it he says, “Sometimes the greatest temptation in life is to settle for less than we really want.” How often does this happen in the business world? We’ve all heard things like:
– “You know it is better to go along and get along.”
– “Not everyone wants the same things you want.”
– “You have higher standards than everybody else.”
Does that mean we settle? I remember several years ago at a company that was acquired out of bankruptcy, a manager that just could not seem to live up to their commitments to clients. They could not consistently deliver on their promises. Instead of admitting he did not know how he made excuses.
I on the other hand made a stink. I called him on it. I went over his head. I went over his bosses head. And still he was allowed to make excuses. Eventually I recommended to the client that we were not able to meet the promised deliveries and suggested he look elsewhere. That decision cost me a promotion.
So what do we do? Do we go along to get along? Or do we recognize that standards matter and that it is perhaps more important to find an organization where they share a culture of performance that matches yours, (whatever that may be).