TRIPLE III TIME: “Under – Expecting”
Well first I have to admit that I am not sure Webster’s Dictionary would recognize my “Under-Expecting” word combination. However, I can not find a better way to introduce this weeks TRIPLE III TIME message…that yes comes to you via a “milkhouse moment” (or two) with my Dad.
Let me start out by saying that my Dad was never guilty of “Under-Expecting” of my brothers and I. For clarity “Under-Expecting” means that Dad always set the work/job/problem-solving bar real high for tasks to be accomplished on the farm…so at no time could he ever be accused of not challenging us based on our age, size or lack of experience. Instead assignments were given based primarily on what needed to be done TODAY…and thankfully we all accepted the challenges. We weren’t always smiling…but mostly a “bring-it-on” mentality prevailed.
Today unfortunately, I believe that too often in the workplace and in many classrooms an “Under-Expecting” style of management exists. Employees and students are not placed in situations that progressively and professionally challenge them. Creativity and innovation do NOT result when we are placed in “Under-Expecting” situations.
Bottomline: Dad did not receive or expect perfection when he passed out work assignments. However, I know he knew the personal growth you felt when you over-achieved in his eyes. So, no matter your work/life status…don’t follow an “Under-Expecting” course of action.
Thanks again Dad.