Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wisdom Of The Week

In a 60 Minutes interview with Alabama Football Coach, Nick Saban, he was quoted as saying, “Mediocre people don’t like high achievers and high achievers don’t like mediocre people.” This simple statement had a big impact on my perspective of people and explains why certain colleagues will never get along.   As a high achiever myself, though my intentions and ethics are sound, the simple fact that I am a high achiever is what turns off those who accept mediocrity or are not overly ambitious.

I’ve learned this the hard way throughout my career.   Regardless of how much you try to genuinely elevate one’s performance and/or have the desire to help them see the value of exceeding performance expectations, if they are not naturally wired to thrive, one’s efforts may be short-lived and unappreciated.

Personality conflicts also can lead to envy. People oftentimes are so shortsighted that they fail to see the opportunity in associating themselves with people that can help them learn and/or become better. Instead, they view this potential opportunity as a threat and default towards feeling bitter about the situation rather than seeing it as a chance to improve themselves.   Unfortunately, many people are still looking for recognition (unsustainable short-term gain) rather than respect (sustainable long-term benefit).

In the end, I believe there are four types of people that we all deal with both in and outside of the workplace: Leaders, Lifters, Loafers and Leeches.

- these simple insights was via here

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