Perspective

My daughter and I were having a conversation this past weekend. Really a pep talk, before I sent her back to college to face the perils of Organic Chemistry.

We laughed about how grades you used to cry “over” in high school (with tears of despair), are now ones you cry “about” in college (with tears of joy).

The conversation reminded me of just how important expectations and perspective are in the life of a leader.

Pressure comes when expectations are too high. Mediocrity comes when they are too low.

The job of a leader is to challenge team members to reach their full potential without crushing their spirits.

Growing up I had a coach who challenged our team to give 110% effort. Sorry to break it to you, but that demand was impossible, and by his standard, we failed as a group.

All you can do is all you can do. Do your best and leave the rest up to God.

Set realistic expectations for your team and then trust them to get the job done.

Perspective matters. It is your job to maintain it for your team.

 

i2i,

Randy

 

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Scott Bender

9 years ago

I am up and going already so you are not alone. What a great way to start the day reading this “pep talk”. I am sure I will have a few of those to give too in the coming years. But it reminds me of all the people that have given me one when I needed it. You just stepped into that category. Thanks for being an awesome authentic leader!!

Randy

9 years ago

thanks Scott!

Jason Ponzio

9 years ago

When I ran cross country in high school our coach use to tell us that when we were dead tired running and didn’t think we could run another step we still had 10% left in us. He wanted that 10%. I have used that in my life over the years. When I am at the end of my rope I just remember 10%… It really does make a difference. It isn’t the impossible 110%. It is just that 10% reserve you didn’t realize you had… I wish I could tell him how much of a difference that has made in my life…
God Bless,
Ja

Randy

9 years ago

Great comment JP

Marlin

9 years ago

I have always hated the expression of giving 110% because for me it is impossible! Sorry for those who believe it is! I also hate the label of being an overachiever. Again for me it is impossible because you can only get out what you put in and thus you have been given the talent or gift from God and you reach it. When one literally gives 100% great things can happen and they achieve what they deserve and do not “over” achieve! They are reaching one’s potential! Something to shoot for which isn’t necessarily out of reach.

Randy

9 years ago

Well said Marlin. Hope you have a great weekend!

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