The words were from a very smart and experienced leader and we had been discussing their approach to how the interacted with their staff. He had been silent for over a minute as he digested something I’d shared around the inner approach to business.
“I’ve been focused on ‘being right’. But I should be focused on ‘getting it right’.”
It was a beautiful way of saying something that’s prevalent for many.
Often we set standards that are too high for a situation and so we experience frustration and disappointment. Other times we set our standards too low and so don’t experience the success or enjoyment we should.
Everyone can be forgiven for falling victim to a ‘pity party’, particularly in challenging times. But if I’ve learned anything in my own life and working with leaders, it’s that the right mindset is key to creating miracles.
Indeed England’s Rugby World Cup score against New Zealand could have been higher. But this was a team with a mindset locked onto victory, and an honesty in their performance. They all showed up and backed themselves.
In a team or organisational context, it’s about achieving what’s expected from your job or role – be it the CEO or the janitor. Yet often, many smart people do their ‘best’ without any clarity on what are the top outcomes expected from them are and how their success is to be measured.