What Happens When the Bare Minimum Isn't Enough?

"You can't have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic" - Stephen C. Hogan

Nowadays a more with less mantra drives so much of what we do. To keep up we need to constantly work smarter and occasionally even cut corners where we can. While a self-serving approach can seem necessary, it doesn’t always provide the best outcome for those around us.

Culture is a fundamental component of high performing teams. Great teams consist of individuals striving to achieve a common goal who respect and depend on each other to perform. We need to be mindful of the culture we're either tolerating or developing. Consider what happens when trust is broken within a team? It’s why the most talented team isn’t always a winning team.

Doing just the bare minimum often isn’t enough at work or at home. With my kids, we rotate some of the family household chores each week. An example is the stacking and unstacking of the dishwasher after meals. It’s understood by all that it needs to be done in a timely manner and the task extends to wiping the benches and rinsing the sink. I wish I could say it’s done well most of the time, but without prompting, prodding, reminding and even whining, it’s either not done or only part of it has been done satisfactorily.

There are examples every day at work where token effort undermines success. It can result in poor customer service, not achieving targeted outcomes, missed deadlines, basic frustration etc. The list goes on.

Consider the impact on others

How do you feel when you’re impacted negatively due to someone falling short from what they should have done? It’s likely you’ll experience a level of dissatisfaction if it impacts you from doing what you need to do. If we let it continue, then it can become a vicious circle. That’s where the link to culture and leadership are critical.

Imagine how powerful it would be if everyone came from a treat others as you wish to be treated mentality? Did you meet expectations, or did you underwhelm? What will you do differently next time?

Do you like it when you have to clean up after someone only doing their job partially? If not, then don’t do it to others.

I think I’d better share this blog with my kids….