Slow and steady carves the mountain.

2 01 2015

“If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.” ~Henry Cloud

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.” ~Marilu Henner

Our job as leaders are to have realistic expectations.  That means some improvement here, and some new business there.  Expecting our lowest performer to raise their performance to that of the best performer, and asking the best performer to have a large improvement over what is already the best is unreasonable, and doomed to failure.  Bell curves can shift a bit, and get skinnier, but you can’t move the bottom end of the bell curve to where the top end is, and do it in one year with no carnage behind you.

Be reasonable in your expectations, communicate them to your team, paint the vision and show them the path to achieving those expectations.  Reinforce how they’re doing every month, and if you do all of that well, you’ll be there at the end of the year to celebrate the accomplishments.  Don’t forget that most important part – celebrate making it, and then work on an incremental improvement for the next year, too.  Slow and steady wins the race, and water over stone is the only way to carve mountains without creating an earthquake.

Speaking of expectations…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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